Carnegie Mellon University

Student Academic Success Center

Office of the Vice Provost for Education

I don’t know how to create and work with an effective study group.

Step 2: Identify possible reasons for the problem you have selected.

To find the most effective strategies, select the reason that best describes your situation, keeping in mind there may be multiple relevant reasons.

Studying with peers is one of the most effective ways to learn and process course material and concepts. Collaborating with others is time tested; it’s neither a new nor modern educational strategy. Verbalizing what you think you know, heard in lecture, or read in a textbook can address an incomplete understanding or any misconceptions regarding the material. Finally, presenting your ideas to others leads to feedback that can sharpen, deepen, and broaden your learning.

I don’t know how to organize a small study group.

I don’t know how to keep my study group efficient, productive, and focused.

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This site supplements our 1-on-1 consultations. Staff members are available Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00pm EST for a virtual consultation to help get you connected to the appropriate resource or resources.