Study groups are a great way for your teen to talk with like-minded peers about subject matter and share knowledge. Study group sessions can also be a fun (but productive!) social occasion. You can help your teen create an effective study group with these tips.
Help your teen think about places to hold their study group sessions. It should be a quiet place without distractions, such as a quiet café or library. You might even suggest your child hold the group at your house – perhaps around the kitchen table.
Increasingly, study groups are being held online – your teen’s high school may have a platform your teen can use to organise an online study groups.
Who to invite?
It’s a good idea to have no more than six people in the study group. Study groups will be more effective if everyone is studying the same material, so encourage your teen to invite friends that are studying the same subjects, or to focus the sessions on one subject they all study.
Plan in advance
You definitely want your teen to get the most out of the time they spend studying with friends! Encouraging your teen to develop a plan of what they will study could help. You might also like to suggest they study the hardest topics first to get them out of the way.
Stay on topic
Talk to your teen about the importance of staying “on topic” during their study sessions. You might suggest that, as the organiser of the event, they could act as moderator and gradually bring the conversation back to study if everyone starts to veer off topic. Hopefully, the study plan will help with this as well!
Let’s talk it over
Debating and discussion during study group sessions can be a great way to encourage deeper thinking about ideas. You can encourage your teen to pose questions to the group to stimulate thoughtful conversation.
Quiz each other
At the end of each study group session, it’s a great idea for the participants to quiz each other. One idea is for each person to write down a few questions about the studied material and pass them to the person on their left to answer.
Study groups can be enormously effective in revision and preparation for exams. They will also help your teen with their problem-solving, communication and social skills.