Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Advice for Successful Study Groups

Here’s advice from the Law School Academic Support blog:

Realize that study group is somewhat of a misnomer.  The purpose is not to study together every day (as in read and brief every case together).  The groups are typically tied to review and application tasks. 

  • The size of the groupoften correlates to the number of problems that a study group will have. 
    The highest number range that generally works well is three or four students.  Group  dynamics and logistics become more difficult as the number of people increases beyond that number.
  • The group needs to have agreement on the purposes for the group.  Examples: Will the group
    make outlines together?  Will the group members instead share their own outlines?  Will the group review topics/subtopics in depth each week?  Will the group do practice questions together?
  • The group needs to have agreement on how often it wants to meet and whether it wants a set day and time to meet each week.
  • The group needs to have agreement on the etiquette for the group.  Examples: Does everyone
    have to agree for someone to be added to the group?  How will the group handle someone who is a slacker? How will the group curtail rudeness, arrogance, or other negative dynamics?  Will the group share group-generated materials with non-group members?
  • The group needs to recognize different learning styles and structure itself in a way that
    facilitates learning for everyone.  All learning styles have merit: global processing, intuitive processing, sequential processing, sensing processing, reflective thinking, active thinking, visual, verbal, aural/oral, kinesthetic/tactile, etc.

You can read more here (Oct. 3,2013)


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