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Creating a study group

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Language level

Upper intermediate: B2


I never created a study group, or maybe not one rigid/strict like the study group created in the audio, with fixed day and time. I had a group of friends that I enjoyed to study with, but we didn't have a schedule, sometimes we meet in the library or the someone's house.

I never created a study group . because I think it losses my time .

When it comes to creating a study group one of the most common problems you could have is the engagement, most of the times because people, in this kind of instances, often don't set their education before their relationships, and end up creating the group with people who they are supposed to amuse with, clearly it is not always like that, however, assessing the engagement of the possible members in advance is always worth it.

Regarding to the place and the time to held it, is a good option doing it after finishing the classes so that you can go over and feedback the topics of the day in a clear way,if by any chance it is not possible you may set your house as the place of meeting, this could give you the upper hand to take over the leadership, which by the way, allows you to have a wider prospect regarding to the duties of the group according to the needs.

I have completed the lesson for 'Creating a Study Group'. The level chose is Upper Intermediate B2.

Have you ever created a study group? What are your tips?

Yes, I had created a study group which was long time ago, for our I.T product presentation group assignment. That time I took the leader role to organize my study group, each member had to perform their role responsibly and we did our studies in college's library. We discussed between members, about our 3-In-1 PSF(Printer, Scanner and Fax) integrated machine into one desk machine. Each member needed to study their relevant aspect topic, which they were going to talk about in their presentation part. For example, I started with the introduction and another member took over the middle part of the topic and so on. Then later at the end, we all 3 together concluded the presentation properly and smoothly.

So My Tips are that each member need to study their relevant part well and properly, in order to combine all the studied parts into one great assignment.

I created a study group when i was student, more precisely in second year of university. I think that a study group must be heterogeneous, everyone has to have a particular strength. The group should not be too large, and it must have a moderator, or a leader who can able to identify and exploit (for the benefit of the group) as possible as the strength of each others.

Dear Team, I am referring to a piece from the dialogue and I beg you, tell me, what happens with the seminar on Thursday.Bea says ''Thursday, no'' and Ali says ''that's on Thursday''.Finally, I dont know if there is a seminar or not on Thursday(s).
Ever grateful, nikoslado.

Hello nikoslado

When Bea says 'Thursday, no?', what I think she means is '[The seminar is on] Thursday, no?', in other words, 'The seminar is on Thursday (not today), right?' -- 'no' is a common question tag, though I can see how that it can be a little confusing here.

So everyone except Chris says the seminar is on Thursday, not the day (whatever it is) they are talking on.

Does that make sense?

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Dear teachers! Please explain to me how many ways are existing to say that something happens in two weeks (or another time intervals)? In this exercise I found expression: every other week

Hello Evgeny N

There are quite a lot of time expressions in English (or any language for that matter)! You can find lots of useful lists by doing an internet search for something like 'time expressions in English'.

Please note that 'meet every other week' means they will meet one week, then not meet the following week, then meet again the week after that, and so on. If we 'meet in two weeks' that means we meet two weeks from now. Perhaps then we will meet again two weeks after that, but it isn't clear from just 'meet in two weeks' -- you'd have to say 'meet every two weeks' to say that.

You could also say 'meet fornightly' (or 'meet every fortnight'), 'biweekly' or 'bimonthly', but please note that these last two words are ambiguous, since they both have two quite different meanings. They are also much less common than 'every two weeks' or 'fortnightly'.

Hope this helps.

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