During college, students may find themselves struggling in a particularly challenging course. However, they should realize that there are other students who may also be struggling as well. Although some students may prefer to study alone, others may find that it is not the best way to utilize their time. If students find that they feel unproductive or directionless when studying alone, they should consider organizing a study group.
Students should inquire with the instructor, either a professor or a graduate student, who is teaching the course. When reaching out, whether through email or dropping in during office hours, students can ask if the instructor knows of any study groups they could join. If one does not exist, students can always form their own study group. Some campuses offer tutors for students. They can also ask a tutor to join the group and assist them with questions or problems. Since tutors may also earn credit for their help, it makes the most sense for them to help more students at one time.
Reach out to friends or acquaintances in class who may also be interested in forming a group. Students can also reach out to one another using social media or through networking. Choose a time that works best for those who are interested and determine a location where it is convenient for everyone to meet. Many libraries also offer students study rooms. These soundproof rooms are specifically designed for study groups to collaborate, work together, and help one another during their time together. These rooms are often equipped with whiteboards, moveable seating arrangements, and other resources. When students are focused during their study session, they are able to help one another to clarify concepts or even to proofread one another’s writing. Study groups, if strategically utilized, will bring students together in working toward a common purpose.