Study groups

Study groups are a great way to learn, along with offering lots of opportunities to socialise. They can go very wrong or very right, with the group dynamic often teetering around the 'not-doing-enough-work' area. Ultimately, our (aptitute's) study group was how we all met, and managed to achieve the goals that we intended to. As far as we are aware, evidence from academic research suggests that small group learning is pretty much the bee's knees.

Your group

  • Choose people who have similar ambitions and work ethic to your own, and you will find that they are a source of motivation for you.
  • With too many people it gets very difficult to get everyone to meet at a good time, 3 people seems to work well. 4 people seems about the maximum, 5 for us didn't work.
  • Study groups are great for explaining, questions, summarising and elaborating on ideas.
  • Make sure that you are quite careful with who you are studying with.
  • It is good to have more than one study group too, so that you can vary your pace, and see different ways in which a group might work.
  • Small group learning is also available in the form of tutorials, or from places like the higher education development centre (formerly the student learning centre)