Creating a study group

Listen to the conversation about creating a study group to practise and improve your listening skills.

Instructions

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Transcript

Ali: Hey, you guys, I've been looking for you. I've got an idea – a study group. What do you think? Are you interested?

Dina: Yes! I need a study group, in a big way.

Bea: Me too.

Ali: Do you think we have enough people here for a study group? I mean, there are only four of us …

Bea: Sorry. Three of us. Chris can't do study group. Right, Chris?

Chris: Yeah, there's no way I can do a study group. I have an assignment and then I'm too busy. But I'll stay for this first meeting.

Ali: Should we try and get another group together with us for this?

Bea: No, I don't think so. I think three is fine. Ideal size, really.

Dina: Me too.

Ali: OK, three people then. Four people for the first meeting. What next?

Bea: What about a meeting place? We can't meet here in the library …

Ali: It's not too bad, especially if those other people would go away.

Bea: But we can't exactly ask them to leave, and people might get annoyed with us talking.

Dina: Can I say something here?

Ali: Sure, go ahead.

Dina: There's a study hall next to the cafeteria. It's almost always empty. Could we meet there?

Ali: A study hall?! Who knew? Well, it sounds good to me.

Bea: Yeah. I've never been there but …

Ali: So, we ought to decide how long for and how often.

Dina: I read somewhere that you should make the meeting at the same time each week. Like a seminar. That way we'd take it more seriously.

Bea: We may as well make it for this time since we're all here. Is this time OK?

Dina: Works for me.

Ali: Me too.

Chris: Hang on just a minute. I know I'm not going to be in this group, but aren't we supposed to have a seminar at this time every other week?

Dina: Umm, no.

Bea: Thursday, no? 

Ali: No, that's on Thursday. 

Chris: Sorry. Forget I said anything.

Ali: Don't worry about it.

Bea: So everyone agrees that this time is fine? Every week?

Ali: How long should we make it?

Bea: An hour?

Dina: Could we find a way of making it two hours?

Ali: Two hours seems a bit like … too much. To start with then?

Bea: Ninety minutes? Compromise?

Ali: Is that OK with you, Dina?

Dina: Fine by me.

Ali: OK, so I guess all we have left to decide is exactly what we'll do when we meet. The final exam is a way off. I guess we could review our notes, or practise learning things by heart.

Dina: I have a list of dos and don'ts actually that I got online. I could be a moderator, and we could use the ideas as a starting point …

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Submitted by kawa on Fri, 29/01/2021 - 09:18

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According to my experience, a study group is a very effective way that could assist and encourage students to improve themselves and profit from each other's ideas and tips. However there is always pros and cons: some students are so apathetic and do not prepare well, they just rely on the others and don't even give an effort.

Submitted by Minh on Fri, 22/01/2021 - 22:14

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Working a group is better than working a lone as well as studying a group is much more benefit than a lone. Therefore, we can discuss and share all of thing together, but it is crucial thing that we should choose people concern also about the same goal. If not, we are easily to make something get annoyed. Then we can't feel more comfortable each other, so we sperate it. In our job, f we have a great group the same ideas, we can overwork a number of difficulties. This is one of reason, we will succeed with the best group. The more we understand together, the more we achieve our goal.

Submitted by Mahdi.t78 on Fri, 22/01/2021 - 20:36

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I found the podcasts absolutely fantastic, they are absolutely perfect, the quiz also helps to make sure that we have understood the podcast accurately, I would like to thank you for this great job, by the way, is it possible to download the audio file, is so, I would be thankful if you tell me how does that work.

Hi Mahdi.t78,

Thanks for your kind comments :)

Yes, you can download the audio if you right-click on the audio player (the grey bar). Then, choose the 'Save audio as ...' option.

Best wishes,

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Layria on Mon, 11/01/2021 - 17:41

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I remember once a little group of study when I was at University. We formed a group of four people but it was a completely mess because one of them was very talkative and other girl was always distracted , so my friend an I decided not to participate anymore. After this experience we decided to look for people with similar intereset and personalities by an interview. It really worked.

Submitted by Diogo1606 on Fri, 08/01/2021 - 00:54

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No, but I have created a group to make a study presentation in school. It was a little bit tiresome to guide, but it went good in the end.

Submitted by Saad786 on Sun, 03/01/2021 - 15:30

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Yes, I have created study group of my class fellows. Study in group can be helpful in many ways. Group study can ease our predicament. We can get guidelines from fellow students to learn a topic. Group study is very beneficial in sharing knowledge and gaining confidence of attempting a paper.

Submitted by andreaz98 on Fri, 11/12/2020 - 16:11

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Good evening, I need help. I don't understand why the answer to Task 1 - 4 is "every two weeks on thursday".

Hello andreaz98,

Chris says that they have a seminar every other week, which means every two weeks. He thinks that it is today, but the others correct him and tell him that the seminar is on Thursday. Thus, the seminar is on Thursday every two weeks.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team