The comfort of learning with your peers during remote learning can still be possible through a remote study group. Students from the same course collaborate to share their learning in this virtual space, ask questions, clarify their doubts, and discuss and re-learn content. Participating in a remote study group keeps in check the structure and routine for studying, connecting with other students who may need or can be potential study buddies. It provides opportunities to get questions answered—and helps other students answer questions.
How Can I Start a Remote Study Group?
Starting a Remote Study Group can seem complicated, but you can still do it if you take the first step. There may be others who feel they need to study in groups but they may not know how and where to start.
There are two possible situations that you can be in:
1. You want to join a group.
2. You want to form a group with your peers.
In either case, you need to fill the Remote Study Group form and CLTE will connect you with a group (either you select or we do it for you) or assist you in forming a group with your own members.
Setting up a Remote Study Group that Works for Everyone.
Planning deliberately before your study group meets to study can diminish communication difficulties and enable your study groups to function effectively. It will be extremely beneficial to have a meeting to properly plan the logistics of your study group learning before you actually start your study groups. Learning together becomes extremely fruitful when you have a clear plan and choose specific activities that capitalise on the group format and your collaborative insights.
For students working online, the optimal group size is four to five. Groups this size enable:
Establish good group dynamics online
Managing your Remote Study Group.
Being a Positive Group Member
As a member of a study group, it is imperative that you create a positive, warm and friendly atmosphere for some positive group dynamics.
Tips for an Active Study Group
Guide to effective Remote Study Groups
Working in groups can be very interesting but at the same time, it can have its share of challenges. It would be best if you considered the following:
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I have to register to be part of the Remote Study Group?
Yes, registration is required. You will need to submit a Remote Study Group form.
2. Do I have to pay?
No, Remote Study Group is entirely free for students.
3. How long does each session last?
We recommend a 40 minutes session (as allowed by free Zoom account) followed by a break but it would be a collective decision from group members. You can schedule another 40 minutes session after the break. Group members can be considerate to participants who might have internet issues.
4. Will the Remote Study Group connect through Moodle as well?
Yes, Remote Study Group members will have access to Moodle as well to share their ideas, views and resources.
5. Can we meet more than once per week?
Yes, you can request the group leader to organise more meetings based on your needs.
6. Who decides the agenda for the Remote Study Groups?
The group members decide, either predetermined or spontaneous, on what they want to learn or discuss during the session.
7. How can we connect?
One you have filled the Remote Study Group form, CLTE will assist you in forming groups and connecting you to other members.
8. What if I have a question that is not answered here?
Please feel free to email Ms. Ferine Bano at firstname.lastname@example.org