History has shown that, studying in groups helps!
One of the key features of OUST is creating groups and challenging your friends! Hope you have discovered that by now. In case, you have not.. Here are the key steps for you to get started:
- Go to the Friends/Groups page on your app
- If you want to challenge any of friend, you can go the friends tab and challenge any of your contacts! But here we are talking of groups.. so go to the Groups tab
- Press the ‘+’ sign on the screen, which opens up new menu for you.. to create a group, join a group or share the information.
- You can create a Public group/or a Private group
- Once you create a group you can add friends to the group
- If you are not sure that a friend will be interested in joining with your group, you can send the group code to your friends in whats app to check if they want to join the group using the group code
- Challenge the group on questions from different modules..
- Analyze the group leader-board
- Meet up for a casual chat with friends and discuss the questions and enjoy!
How to identify members for a group?
- Choose Friends Wisely: Look for students who seem to show an interest in learning and achieving high academic success or have the same goal as you. They may serve as a good study partner.
- Limit the Number of Members in Your Group: The size of your study group should range from about 4-6 members. Once the group exceeds 6 people, the effectiveness of the group may drop and the group may turn more into a social gathering than a study group.
- Exchange contact information: Determine how you will communicate with each other just in case of an emergency, change in the meeting time, concerns/questions, etc. Exchange names, email addresses, and/or contact numbers.
- Select a Group Facilitator: Select a group facilitator or leader that will be in charge of the basic organization and function of the study group. The group leader will be responsible for tasks such as creating a basic agenda for the following meetings, contacting members about the meeting time and location, etc. Each week a new group leader should be assigned, so no one gets overwhelmed.
- Play OUST group challenges
- Establish a Meeting Schedule/Location: Establish a meeting time for each session that accommodates all group members. Try to choose the same time and day of the week to form a routine. Attempt to limit the length of the meeting to 1-2 hours. This will help to ensure members are focused and will have time to attend. Also, be sure to select a neutral meeting place that holds a sufficient amount of space for your study group members and materials