Developing Effective Study Groups Working Collaboratively

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<ul><li><p>Developing Effective Study GroupsWorking Collaboratively </p></li><li><p>Studying for Memory &amp; ApplicationMany quick repetitions strengthen recallTying current material back to material or analysis from past classes may reveal important patterns (Another type of repetition)Give contextWhat is like this that I know?Try to find current examples of the principles being studied.Discuss purpose of principles Are there public policy issues to explore</p></li><li><p>Learning Cycle Supported by Study GroupsLearning involves:Input: gathering informationProcessing: contexting, organizing, and storing information for future useOutput: applying information to new contexts and situations Unfortunately, what goes in may not come out clearly or accurately. Study groups increase effective learning by:Identifying and clarifying gaps or misunderstandingHelping students learn to apply information to new contexts, reinforcing learning</p></li><li><p>The Purposes of a Study Group Are:</p><p>To clarify informationTo apply legal knowledge and reasoning to factual situationsTo test understanding through discussion and debate within the group.To practice writing exam questions.Study on your own before and after sessionReview what you learned in study group as part of good study practices</p></li><li><p>How to Form a Study GroupSeek 2 or 3 others Check assumptions with potential members about what a study group does. Clarify the time commitment each wants to make?Choose members on the basis of common goals and commitment to those goals. Do NOT form study groups primarily on the basis of friendship, similarity of thinking, or political conviction. Diversity is a plus in study groups.</p></li><li><p>Guidelines for Forming Study Groups: </p><p>Optimal size: 3-4 personsRotate leadershipRole of leader is to involve all participants in discussionSet purpose and goals for the group.At the end of each meeting set an agenda for the next meeting to help members focus and prepareEstablish set meeting and ending times. Stick to the set time schedule.Hint: Talking about school is a diversion. It often happens when students feel anxiety about material. Some people establish a fund to which people who divert the focus must contribute. This provides resources for a party after exams!</p></li><li><p>Agenda ChoicesFocus in meetingOne subject or more than one each meetingStick to set subject or jump to course that provides current confusion Type of FocusOral discussionWriting problemsRemember that you get good at skills you practice and the exam is a written exercise!Try having group write answers to a hypo and trade answers. Then construct a group answer.Creating hypos is an excellent exercise for groups and for individuals to bring to the group.Taking turns explaining and questioning </p></li><li><p>OrganizingOrganizing is important to learning and to writing exams. In a study group, note some of these important elements:PatternsLegal testsSteps of analysisAnswers to exam questions must be organizedBe sure to have a planning step when approaching exam questions and hypos in a study groupBrainstorm issues and facts that support your legal theories, and then organize them to be most responsive to questionUse your outline/organizing tool to help plan</p></li><li><p>Tasks Change With Time in SemesterIn the beginning groups commonly clarify class notes, but quickly they need to move to applying what they are learning to test their understanding.Dont put off planning and writing practice problemsEasier to understand material by using concrete examples Try to create hypos in your group then vary the facts and see if or how that changes your analysisOrganize materials individually, but:Test your organizing by using your system in study group with writing answers to hyposTrade answers, read, critique, discuss, and improveBefore exams groups often meet frequently to do practice questions.</p></li><li><p>Work Together: Teaching and LearningCommit to the success of each member of your group!</p></li><li><p>Your Questions?</p></li></ul>

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