Collaborating with Peers

Study groups typically involve four to six students who meet weekly, sometimes more often, to share information, knowledge, and expertise about a course in which they are all enrolled. The study group environment offers students an opportunity to engage in a more in-depth discussion about course material.  When students work in groups, they have the opportunity to explain concepts, discuss ideas, disagree with one another and reason through why one person’s answer is different than another.  In addition, being able to articulate a concept to another student often requires a fuller understanding of that concept, which then also means the student will more likely be able to apply that concept in different testing formats.

Working with your peers can also help you improve your note-taking skills, share workloads, increase your motivation and solve complex problems. Finally, collaborating with your peers can help prepare you for the work world. Most professional careers require collaboration with colleagues on projects, so college study groups are excellent practice for this.   

For detailed information on how to form and conduct study groups, follow the links on the right.

Why Study with Peers?

More info on the benefits of studying with yoru peers.

How Do I Start a Study Group

Not sure where to start? Follow these tips on forming your study group.

What are guidelines for running a study group?

Establishing the group's structure and expectations is vital to success.

How do we conduct each meeting?

Tips on how to conduct study group meetings.