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Find your study group

It is exciting and a little nerve-racking.

These are natural feelings or experiences when you are in an unknown situation with a lot of new fellow students.

Why be in a study group?

Study-group work is a big part of being a student at the Faculty of Humanities.

Being a part of a study group can give you the opportunity to better learn the course material, motivate yourself, and enhance your feeling of belonging. It will also give you the opportunity to learn to work with a lot of different people.

You don’t have a permanent study group yet – you are checking out your options

Right now, you need to get an impression of each other and get the best starting point for forming study groups.
Now you have the opportunity to get together with others in a group, talk to them, and feel: “Is this the groups that I am going to be a part of?” Maybe you want to talk some more with your other fellow students and get together in another group.

When you have formed a study group you have moved on to the Forming phase.

See Good advice on study group habits

It might be the first time you are going to be a part of a study group and solve tasks with the same people for most of your studies.

That is why it is a good idea to spend some time on introducing yourselves to each other.

Try The elevator speech or In the Spotlight.


Study groups can be formed easily and totally arbitrarily, but most people prefer to spend some time on getting a sense of what each of you want and expect from a study group. You can spend time on this if you have a say on who you are going to be in a study group with.

Try What is important for me in working with the study group.

Remember that diversity can be an advantage for the group, so you’re not too similar. Study groups improve and produce the most when there are positive disagreements that disturb the usual attitudes and approaches, from time to time.


The material is made by The Student Guidance Service at the Faculty of Humanities based on Bruce Tuckman’s model “Forming-Storming-Norming-Performing.”

The exercises are made with inspiration from the books “Studiegruppen” by Annelise Dahlbæk and “Anerkendende procesøvelser” by Pia Halkier Bjerring & Annika Lindén.

Last Updated 12.09.2019