In this digitally advanced era, it's no surprise that many students turn to virtual study groups to collaborate with fellow learners. Creating a virtual study group can effectively enhance your learning experience. You also gain new insights and stay motivated throughout your academic journey.
Are you wondering how to do a virtual study group? Here are a few ideas and tips on creating a study group that works for you.
Before you start your virtual study group, set clear goals and objectives for what you wish to achieve. The group’s scope can include:
Topics you intend to cover
Assignments you need to complete
Specific subjects you want to improve
With a clear understanding of what you want to accomplish, you can work with your group to develop a plan that aligns with your goals.
Once you have your goals and objectives, it's time to find study group members. Reach out to your classmates or friends who are taking the same course or interested in the same topic. You can also post on social media or online forums to find students.
Finding committed, motivated and reliable members who share your academic goals is important. In addition, consider diversifying the group by including learners from different backgrounds or areas of expertise to gain new perspectives.
Choosing the platform you will use to communicate and collaborate is critical in creating a study group. A few options include social media, video conferencing software and online study group platforms. Consider what features are important to you, such as real-time chat, file sharing, and video conferencing. It's essential to choose a platform that's user-friendly, accessible and offers features that align with your group's needs.
One of the most important aspects of creating a study group is developing a plan or schedule that works for everyone. Developing a schedule can be challenging when group members have different routines and commitments. You can start by setting a regular meeting time and day that works for everyone.
Afterward, use an online calendar or scheduling tool to share study sessions and assignments so that every member knows what to expect. Consider breaking down the tasks into manageable chunks in the study plan and assigning roles and responsibilities to each member. When assigning or rotating roles, leverage each member's unique strengths to accommodate everyone's weaknesses.
With time, you will have an efficient study group workflow or template that keeps you on track and regularly evolves as needed. Before finalizing your study plan, involve the members in the decision-making process and collect feedback to help improve study outcomes.
Creating a study group is an excellent way to improve your academic experience and achieve your goals. You can start by setting group goals and objectives, finding committed members, choosing the right platform and creating a study plan or schedule that works for everyone.
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Julie Campos is the Senior Director of Operations and Student Success at MedCerts. She brings over 14 years of experience in Online Higher Education in both Student Support and Enrollment and started her career at the University of Phoenix, serving most of her tenure as a student-facing leader.
Julie has her Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Political Science from the University of Texas at El Paso, and her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Her areas of expertise are student support in online higher education environments and working with nontraditional students. At MedCerts, she is focused on creating a pro-active student central support model for MedCerts students to reach their goals and has developed the MedCerts Student Support and Outreach Model, created MedCerts Student Success Advisor reports and Dashboards, as well as the Student Success Advisor Playbook. Her proactive approach to student support has been crucial in meeting MedCerts’ student’s needs, as well as completion and certification goals.
Julie has three children – a 10-year-old son and 12- and 4-year-old daughters, who keep her and her husband busy with sports. She is also an avid crafter with an entire room of her home dedicated to the hobby. In her free time, she enjoys teaching wreath making and even has a few “how-to” YouTube videos on the subject!