5 Tips to Form a Successful Study Group

Forming a study group is an excellent way to challenge yourself to learn new material. Have you ever heard that in order to teach about a subject, that you have to know it really well yourself? The same premise applies with study groups. Study groups are all about students teaching what they know to their peers.

1) Choose Carefully: Decide who would be a good fit for your study group before approaching them to join. You want a dedicated student who will pull their own weight within the group; don’t choose someone who is popular, but is a slacker about their work habits. Small groups work best, usually no more than six to eight members total.

2) Divide to Conquer: Decide on what material the group will cover in the next study session, and assign individual members to cover a section of the material. In this way, you just need to study an overview of the material, rather than study it all in depth, as it each section will be covered more in depth within the group. Have the person assigned to each section make notes for the other members of the group.

3) Challenge Each Other: Start each study session with a short review of the material covered in the last session. Have the student who covered the material in depth in the previous session make up a number of questions about the material for the others to answer. Use these questions to help you prepare for exams.

4) Stay on Topic: Try to stay on topic, and not let the study session deteriorate into critiquing your instructor’s gravy-stained tie, or the too-short skirt the most overweight female in the class was wearing yesterday. It might even help to designate a group member to keep everyone on task.

5) Meet Regularly: For the best results, meet with your group two or three times a week. Keep the sessions to 60 to 90 minutes time. Too long study sessions result in exhaustion for everyone involved, and reduces retention of material.

Good luck in forming your own study group. You’ll enjoy studying more when you can share the trials and tribulations of learning new material with others.

6 Tips to Write a Successful Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose (SOP) or letter of motivation play an important role while you are applying admission for MA/MSc/PhD in a university. Sometimes SOP is also required while applying for a job or a scholarships.

Here are six tips to write an successful statement of purpose to maximize chances to get admission in any university/college.

Tip-1; Tell about yourself: The university admission office want to know about your personality while you are not in front of them. So start SOP with your name, location and current occupation (study program or a job).

Tip-2; Describe your background: It is very important for the admission committee to make a match between your earlier education and your desired study program. So clearly tell them what you have studied before and if your work experience (if any) is relevant to your perspective study program, mention that too.

Tip-3; Describe your attributes that qualify you to study that specific program, you are applying to: To convince the admission committee to give you an admission, describe clearly that what attributes in your personality and experience make you best suitable for your desired program. Such attributes might be like punctuality, hardworking, team player, dedication in your work, cooperation with fellow students/colleagues, etc.

Tip-4; Explain why are you interested only in that school/department, you are applying to: There are many reasons that you want to study in a specific university/college e.g. availability of scholarships, international ranking, suggestion from your friend/teacher etc. So mention these reasons in your SOP so that admission committee know that you are really interested in their institute.

Tip-5; Mention your future goals: The purpose of this section is that admission committee want to know that how you see the use of that education which you would gain in your desired program of study. So please mention that how can you be useful for the society after completing study in the university, you want to get admitted in. This section is specially very important if you are writing an application for scholarship or PhD funding.

Tip-6; Write SOP with full interest, will power and hope of success: Writing SOP needs patience, interest and optimism. You can not finish an SOP in just an hour but you need many reviews from your teachers or expert writers. Therefore write your SOP with full enthusiasm and hope to succeed in securing admission.