Setting up a group

If you’ve matched with more than one buddy who lives in the same area or studies similar units, you should consider starting a group. Working in a group is an excellent way to further your understanding of a topic. It’s also a great way to build a support network of like-minded students.

Take a look at our tips on setting up an effective group
and then discuss the idea with your buddies.

Contact possible members

If you find multiple people in Deakin Buddies studying the same units or living in your local area, you can always reach out through the web tool and invite them to join a group. When you’re sending a Deakin buddy request, include a description of your study group and an invitation to join. Make sure you don’t share anyone’s contact details without their permission!

Define a purpose for your group

It’s important to make sure that everyone in the group agrees on a reason for meeting. If one group member is hoping to dig deeper into the subject matter of a particular unit and another is looking for more general support with their studies, it could be hard to keep both group members happy. Have an open and honest discussion with your buddies about what they’re hoping to gain from the group. Once you’re all on the same page, you can start working together.

Decide on a method of communicating

There are many different platforms you can use to communicate with your group. It’s a good idea to discuss the different platforms your group members are already using and then decide which one will suit the group best. It’s easier to use a platform that most of your group members are already using, so it might be worth putting the decision to a vote.

Decide when and where you’ll meet

Organising a time for your group to meet can be a challenging process. Try creating a poll using something like SurveyMonkey to find a time that works for all your group members. Make sure you propose multiple times to meet. It will increase the chances of finding a time that works.

There are plenty of ways your group can meet online. If you’d prefer to speak to people over video chat you can download Skype for Business from the Deakin Software Library and use the video conference feature. You can also download collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams and Microsoft OneDrive. Or you can choose an online space from any number of apps and social media sites. If your group all lives in the same area, you might want to consider meeting in person.

Stick to a schedule

Once your group has decided when, where and how you’re going to meet, you should aim to have regular meetings. Create a schedule of meetings throughout the trimester and try to stick to it.