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Procedure to Start a Study Group

This procedure also is in Microsoft Word format.

A study group is a small group of people who are committed to help each other learn about a common topic or skill. They help each other primarily by sharing thoughtful questions, advice and materials, as well as to share support and accountabilities to do assignments between meetings. Here is a handy procedure you could use to start your group.


1. Complete a draft of the design of your group (below).

2. Select 4-5 people who might have a similar interest or need regarding a common or skill.

3. Share this procedure along with the design, with them.

4. Ask them if they have any questions or suggestions about the design of the study group.

5. Share a sample Learning Journal with them.

6. Ask if they'd optionally like to form a personal Learning Plan.

7. Ask if they are committed to attending.

8. Share contact information for each member.

9. Hold your first meeting in which you:

a. Share introductions.

b. Pose any questions or changes about the procedure or Learning Journal.

c. Schedule your meetings.

Design of Your Study Group

Common Overall Topic You Are Studying (pick a topic from the Library?): ___

Names of Members of the Group (choose 4-5 members at most): ___

Number of Meetings (6 is typical): ___

Length of Meetings (90 minutes is typical): ___

Frequency of Meetings (every two weeks?: ___

Means of Communications (in-person or virtual): ___

Facilitator (to manage ground rules and agenda): ___

Preferred Ground Rules:

a. Attend every meeting, unless excused.

b. Maintain confidentiality about members and meetings.

c. Come prepared for reach meeting.

d. Support each member's learning.

e. All opinions are honored.

Method to Capture Learning (share the sample Learning Journal): __

Meeting Agenda:

1. Opening -- Review agenda and ground rules, and name today's topic (7 minutes)

2. Learning -- In round-table approach, each member (15 minutes each if 5 members):

a. Names the highlights and learning for him/her from the previous reading.

b. Shares any questions regarding the topic.

b. Asks for additional resources if needed.

3. Closing -- (8 minutes)

a. Evaluate this meeting

b. Verify date and timing of next meeting

Additional Resources

About Study Groups

Five Tips for an Effective Study Group
How to Form a Study Group
How to Form a Successful Study Group: Tips and Strategies.
How To Create an Effective Study Group
How to Run a Successful Study Group

About Managing Meetings

About Facilitation
About Meeting Management

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