How study groups can help you in your freshmen year

You've filled out your college application, and been accepted onto a degree program. Starting your freshman year of college can be exciting. Between moving away from home, the feeling of newfound freedom and pursuing your future career, college is one of life's great adventures. However, college classes are very different than high school courses, and some students struggle initially. One way to make new friends and tackle your coursework with confidence is to participate in study groups.

Although some students find the idea of study groups a little intimidating, they can be a great icebreaker and a way to meet your fellow classmates. In addition, it can help to hear other people's thoughts on a lecture or assignment and talk about things that you may not have understood with the rest of the group.

If you want to establish a study group for your class, put notices up in the dining hall, in the quad and anywhere else you think people might see them. Aim for groups of between four and six people – any more than that and it can be difficult for everyone's voice to be heard, and for people to feel comfortable sharing their thoughts on a class. Arrange to meet in a quiet location, like a certain table in the library. Avoid places where there are a lot of people, as it's easier to become distracted.

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