Creating a study group

Creating a study group

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

Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



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 mamalirezaenglish on Wed, 17/08/2022 - 11:48


I have an experience of creating study group, when I was preparing for university entrance exam. There are some tips that helped us help to make a well organized and efficient study group:

- It is good that every person in the group be in the same level.
- Using pomodoro technique for better concentration and rest.
- Determine a specific time for sharing ideas and solving problems.

Could you tell us a bit more about that Pomodoro technique? I hear that for the first time, and I am curious if you have found it helpful.

I'll demonstrate it for you. You should concentrate or work for 25 minutes and after 25 minutes, take a rest for 5 minutes. Do this 4 times in a row and finally take a long rest for 25 minutes. Repeat this cycle again.
It's something like this:

25 minutes working - 5 minutes resting
25 minutes working - 5 minutes resting
25 minutes working - 5 minutes resting
25 minutes working - 5 minutes resting
= 1 Pomodoro

It will definitely eliminate distractions and improves your concentration.

Submitted by Ehsan on Wed, 10/08/2022 - 06:53


yes, when we had exam or was doing a project, we were creating a group. we studied together and if every one had a problem, he ask and others help him.

Submitted by jmajo on Wed, 20/04/2022 - 16:43


Yes I have, when I was studying I have created more than one study group with some classmates, usually we created study groups to make some assignments or prepare main tests or exams. In my experience I could say that the next tips work fine to do study group:
+The group wouldn't have more than 5 members
+If the group has the same number of women and men is better than all men or women
+The members of the group wouldn't live far away one from each other.
+It's more convenient to set the same place, day and time for all the meetings

Thanks for the lesson.
Great site!

Submitted by LyubovK on Thu, 10/02/2022 - 09:02


Yes, I have. It was during my exam period.
My tips are the following:
- to help the mates in the group by explaining sth they don't remember.
- to encourage other people to do it.
- to make a plan of work beginning with the most significant assignments.

Submitted by vuhoap on Wed, 19/01/2022 - 13:58


I have ever created the study group for learning Japanese language. My tips is nothing special but I think we should divide the learning content into small parts for each member to learn. After a while, everyone will share what they had learned to each other and then discuss about it together. If we can do this, then it will save time for self-learning and always make sure that everyone had learned together and no body was lazy.

Submitted by misty on Tue, 11/01/2022 - 19:26


I have never created one but I have been in a group for our thesis. It's quite challenging as you have to start in gathering data and for validity you have to conduct a survey. In addition, neither spend so much time reading books in the library nor searching in the computer.

Submitted by Abrarhussain on Tue, 31/08/2021 - 00:24

Yes during my college study me and my class fellows/friends planed for a study group. we created a study group named the Golden Stars Study Group. We were seven members of the GSSG. I gave some ideas and tips to my friends like, we can do group study every Saturday night from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm near exam in the college hostel in my friend room. I gave a tip to my class fellows that every member of the group will arrange a quiz competition every week for education improvement of our group study.