ON-LINE STUDY GROUP: One model; student driven; anyone else doing similar?
It seems there’s a whole bunch of interest in online study groups happening with the student posse at the moment so thought I’d bump this post up the top of the Insiders’ Guide FYI!
I was chatting to Bec (one of our science students based in Adelaide) who mentioned she (and a few others) had formed an online study group for particular Units resulting in everyone getting either a D or HD for the subject … nice! I asked her to give us a rundown of what they were doing, how it worked etc. Anyone else got something similar happening? Let us know via Comments on the post. (Thanks Bec).
The first one we did was just an email group, we’d email each other with questions and whoever got to it first answered. That worked well, there were only about 5 of us in that group and it was quite personal probably because of the medium. We compared assignments and either helped each other or agreed to disagree. Any external help any of us received we shared etc. We all got either Ds or HDs for that subject.
This semester I started a facebook page, that has worked well but it’s not as personal, again there are about 5-6 of us that actively participate but it’s a great medium to just ask questions as someone always pops in and answers. The problem I found with this is you do not get notification if you start a new topic, and unless the group participants seek it out they don’t know what discussions are going on. Email was much more ‘in your face’. So I suppose nothing is perfect yet, I suggested Google Wave but its not quite right either. Mind you, this topic’s Blackboard and Lecturers have been more helpful too so we didnt need to rely on each other as much as last semester.
I think email was more successful and we still use email even with the FB page. I’d even set up a Yahoo email group if need be. I’m finding that you only need a few study buddies to swop and compare and discuss things with, they can mean the difference between a 75% or a 90% for assignments.
Its a work in progress though, I’m planning on doing it for every subject that has worked assignments too. I dont know if being assigned study groups would work all the time but I’ve noticed as soon as you become actively involved in discussions on a Blackboard you get bombarded with emails from all the other students asking for help…… so surely it wouldnt hurt to try it??