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Jayne Miller By Jayne Miller • May 13, 2015

How to Form a Winning Study Group

Smack dab in the middle of finals, a good study group could be just the thing you need right now.

Study Groups in Chalkup

Chalkup’s messaging feature was designed to connect students in classes of all sizes - even those so large you might not know everyone.

So, you have some options.

To message your entire class, you can click the “class chat” button in your navigation pane and send an all-call for study buddies. If you’ve got someone specific in mind for your supergroup, you can message individuals by clicking on the “classmates” tab and then selecting the peer you’d like to reach out to.

Finding Your Classmates in Chalkup

Your class messaging window will look like this. The chat will loop in everyone enrolled in your course.

Class messaging in Chalkup

For individual messages (perhaps to see if the girl in the front row who answers every question or the guy you saw ace that truly impossible exam last week want to join you in the library) your classmates page will look a little something like this.

Click on one of your peers to get in touch with a one-on-one message.

Messaging Your Classmates in Chalkup


Some quick ideas for a successful study session:

To start, balance the makeup of your group. This means trying to assemble folks with different strengths. Perhaps you know someone in class who is great with memorization, while another student is better at big picture stuff. Or maybe it’s great written skills vs. solid logic skills between classmates.

Point being: if everyone in your group knows the same stuff and thinks the same way, you’ll have less to offer one another than a group with different skillsets.

Once you’ve assembled, make the most of your meetings by setting tangible goals. By deciding exactly what you want to accomplish with every session - completing an assignment, mastering a chapter - it will be easier to have super focused, productive study sessions. Without knowing what you want to get out of your time together, things can go off the rails.

Depending on how well you know your cohort, it might also be in your best interest to have a quick discussion about how you want to work together and hold each other accountable. If you plan to meet regularly through finals, how would you like to pick times or divide up work?

Finally, know that you can stay in touch and share resources with Chalkup. Beyond our chat features, your group can start discussion threads and share resources across the platform. Don't bother with usbs or emailing attachments. Drop anything you want to share in Chalkup or upload it to a discussion from your Google Drive. We've got your back.

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