Finals Packet - Using Study Groups Effectively 1. Forming a...

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Using Study Groups Effectively 1. Forming a study group Choose only members who are willing to come prepared to each session. Set specific guidelines and expectations for group members. Set a specific agenda for each meeting. Exchange phone numbers and email addresses. Agree upon meeting place. 2. Study group activities Test each other by asking questions. Practice teaching each other. Compare notes. Brainstorm possible test questions. Conduct open ended discussions or debate to enhance understanding of material. 3. The main focus of study groups is to offer each other academic support, but often group members can offer each other support on personal issues. This is can be an added advantage of study groups; be careful that personal issues do not dominate the study sessions. If personal issues cannot be addressed quickly, discuss them after the study session or at a later date. Adapted from: Becoming a Master Student David B. Ellis 5th Edition College Survival, Inc., Rapid City, SD http://www.utexas.edu/student/utlc/cs/exam-week.html
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How To Survive Exam Week * Start studying early  — The earlier you start to review your notes, the easier it will be to learn and remember the  information. Review a little every day so that when finals come around the material is well-rehearsed. Learn more  ways to  overcome procrastination  here. * Schedule breaks between studying  — Always take a 10 minute break after studying for 50 minutes, and take a  longer break after studying for 3 hours. Get something to eat, call a friend, go work out or do something to get your  mind off of what you have been studying. * Vary the subjects you study  — It’s hard enough to sit down and review your Chemistry notes, but to look at  Calculus right after is even worse. What you study one hour directly affects your ability to understand what you are  studying the next hour. Review for a science course and then look at English or a foreign language — something different. It makes  studying less tiresome and you’ll remember the information better. * Eat Right
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