From: KDnJC1@aol.com Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2000 16:34:56 EST Subject: group project To: GlaserR@missouri.edu Group Name: The Resonants Group Members: Sean Blake, Kim Delcour, Ryan Grueber, Michelle Meiklejohn and Trisha Stanley Our group met approximately once every week to week and a half with various members in attendance each session. During the study sessions, the materials covered included class notes, practice exams and exercises, and previous semester exams. On a couple of ocassions, the model sets were also utilized. The findings of the group regarding positive aspects of group study are as follows: 1. Studying with others allows one to ask questions and clarify information covered in class. 2. Collaborating with other members in the class allows one to see how their peers are doing, to identify gaps in knowledge and to learn additional study methods. 3. Studying with others created an avenue of information sharing (i.e. if one member of the group couldn't be at the review session he/she could coordinate obtaining the info. from a group member who was in attendance). The difficulties experienced by our group was primarily related to scheduling. As a result of differing work schedules, differing class schedules, family obligations, and commuting, arranging meeting times satisfactory for all 5 group members was very challenging. Therefore, the following suggestions were given as ideas to possibly improving the group study process: 1. Give groups 5 to 10 minutes at the end of class once a week so they could plan/organize group meetings. 2. Reduce the group size to a maximum of 3-4 members as it is difficult to coordinate 5+ schedules. Fewer members should make coordinating satisfactory meeting times an easier task. 3. Randomly assign class members to groups then allow them 2-3 weeks to switch. This would take the pressure off of individuals who don't know other members of the class. Overall, two of the group members thought that the group work had a positive impact on their grade and/or learning of the material. Two additional group members thought that working in a group wasn't particularly helpful as it was not their preferred method of study. The fifth member, who was only able to attend a few sessions secondary to scheduling conflicts, had no comment regarding how the group activity had impacted his/her performance in the class. However, this particular member noted that he/she studied with a student from another group who had a similar class schedule.