How to begin
If you do not know each other, introduce yourselves briefly (name, student background, personal goal in study circle work).
Choose a chairman and a secretary for the first meeting.
The chair should lead the discussion, conduct the meeting and make sure that the topic is followed and those who wish have the floor.
The secretary should take notes on discussions and agreed matters and at group work make sure that the time limit is followed.
Discuss briefly the study material and take notes (here):
Themes in your study circle
Questions that rise on the theme
Goal of the study circle
Discuss and agree the typical themes and questions on your own subject field that should be paid attention to during the independent study.
Study circle is a confidential community. Discuss how this affects your actions.
Planning the meetings
Agree on the general principles:
- number of meetings
- time and place
- subjects for the meetings
Decide should there be a general meeting in order to go over the whole subject field of the study circle.
- Choose a chairperson and a secretary for each meeting
- Discuss should all the participants read the whole subject area or should the literature be divided into sections (at least read the same section, thus it is easier to handle obscure parts of the material.)
- Decide together whether the chairpersons should be in charge of the sections or do they just organize the activity
- Divide the material into sections for those who are in charge of them. The chair persons of meetings should read through all the material. Everyone makes an output of his/her subject to be handed out to others. (green self-study cards)
- Decide how and when the output should be distributed to the whole group.
- Agree the methods for the first real meeting (yellow group study cards)
- Fill in the organization form the matters which you decided in the preliminary meeting and at least the date of the first study group meeting and the agreed responsibilities. Fill in the form during the study circle.
Also following matters are worth deciding beforehand:
- How to inform other members of possible absences.
- What to do if a participant has not been prepared for the meeting (should he/she be secretary?)
- Something else to decide about?