Group study can highlight areas of weakness.

At Kenvale College, we believe that teamwork and collaboration are important elements to a successful learning environment. However, this isn't just on-site in a kitchen or at a bar, as group work can also extend to study sessions before exams and other tests.

For many people, studying is an individual endeavour – an opportunity to find a quiet location, absorb the notes and comments of your teachers and work through what will be assessed. This doesn't mean to say that this approach is for everyone – group study sessions can add value to your learning outcomes and be enjoyable at the same time.

With this in mind, here are five ways to ensure your group study session is as productive as possible.

Group study can support learning outcomes.Group study can support learning outcomes.

1) Create the ideal sized group

While a large number of people will bring greater information to the group, this could be at the detriment to actual progress. As such, it is recommended that a group study session include between three and six peers.

In a limited group, focus is greater and this allows each individual time to present their points to the team. There is also more room for discussion, as fewer people mean less interruptions – creating the perfect environment for collaboration and advancement.

2) Target a particular topic

On both the hospitality and event management courses, there are numerous topics and areas of study. However, it is not possible to cover every single fact in a group session – highlighting the need to focus on one or several areas where everyone needs further revision.

Therefore, have a chat with those in your class prior to the session about what everyone is struggling with and then all parties can bring their questions, comments or concerns to the group environment.

3) Hold mock quizzes and tests

When you come to a higher education institute, you will probably have individual goals and objectives. This is no reason not to help out your fellow students in the form of mock quizzes and tests. A group study session is designed to be supportive and assist each other through areas where improvements are necessary.

As such, set up mini quizzes and tests where people have a certain amount of time to answer questions. If you want it to be special, you could get prizes for the winners. Of course, depending on your course area, there could be previous years' exam questions that could be used to replicated test conditions.

4) Set a clear start and finish time

We are all busy, there is no doubt about that fact. This means to get the most out of a group study session, you need to be clear about what time it starts and finishes.

If it goes on for too long, for example, there is a higher chance that people will get bored and lose focus. On the flip side, if it is too short, not enough ground may be covered to improve everyone's chances of passing the exam, test or course.

5) Create a core group for the long term

While it depends on how long your course is, there are many benefits to keeping your study group the same over your time at college. As well as developing closer relationships with your peers, you begin to understand each other's strengths and weaknesses – perfect for focusing on particular areas in future study sessions.

Teamwork and collaboration are always welcomed at a higher learning institute. Everyone is searching for the right career, so why not assist each other reach their full potential?

For more information on courses or study techniques, contact our expert team today.

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