Creating a study group

Creating a study group

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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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Hello Ruth,

When Chris says 'every other week', this means that the seminar happens on alternate weeks. In other words, one week they have the seminar, then the following week they don't, and then the week after they have it and so on.

We use this expression 'every other' with other things that occur in a series, too -- for example, 'day', 'weekend', 'year', 'seat', 'person' (in a line), etc.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

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.