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Research shows that, on average, college students have more experience meeting in groups. We know that their expertise can help younger students, however, and we can take a page from that book as well as others like the experts at Griffith University or TeachThought.
The first thing that may come to mind when you hear “collaborative studying” is groups in the library getting together to study. Certain norms or ground rules lend themselves to collaborative studying, but the drawback can be that some people end up doing most of the work. That said, with the right approach, students can get over this hurdle and many more in the process.
1. Understand that collaborative studying can be more effective
Groups lend themselves to opportunities for discussion, clarification, and evaluation of each other’s contributions.
2. Establish the core tenets of your group
3. With core tenets in place, tackle the problem at hand
4. Be ready to use online methods of communication
Online task managers are designed from the ground up with experienced collaborators. They can shed light on how your team can improve its offline group mindset.
5. Incorporate strategic contingency plans as problems arise
Group work is a microcosm of the business world. Students will find themselves working together with countless others, possibly from all over the globe. That’s why ultimately it’s well worth your students’ efforts to acquire and practice these collaborative studying strategies. In doing so, they will be well prepared for teamwork in the global future.
Lee Watanabe Crockett October 2017