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Video Conference Tips for Online Study Groups

A person on a video call on their laptop

Video conference platforms can conveniently connect students across locations and schedules, and they're especially useful to help combat self-isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, not everyone is experienced or savvy with this sort of setup; it may take some further education and tinkering to get a study group on a regular schedule. If you’re looking to send your study group online or are just trying to figure out how to set up a virtual study group, follow the tips below.

Plan Ahead

Avoid getting off-topic and falling behind by setting an agenda ahead of time. This way your group can focus on the tasks at hand and commit to the study materials more easily. Treat everyone’s time as valuable, and have everything you need in place beforehand to ensure the session runs smoothly.

Delegate Responsibilities

Setting an agenda for each online session will help make them more productive, but this shouldn't fall on the same group member every time. Create a rotating schedule to clearly designate a different study group "leader" and set clear expectations for this role. This prevents the same person from always facilitating the discussion and preparing study materials—and keeps things interesting!

Consider Your Partners

You'll have an easier, more enjoyable time in your study group when everyone’s satisfied with the setup. Does the program run effectively on each member’s laptop or smartphone? Will the sessions interfere with anyone’s schedules? Remember that study groups are a collaboration between active participants, and when the group is comfortable, studying and discussions can follow without hassle.

At Tulane School of Professional Advancement, we understand that you take your studies seriously, whether they’re online or not. Learn how you can take your education to the next level with our flexible, career-focused programs catered to working professionals.

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