Starting a study group.
Registrars are encouraged to form study groups with other registrars.
This document will give you some information on how to set up a study group.
Things to consider:
- The benefits of a study group.
- RVTS Exam prep resources.
- How to connect with other registrars.
- Ways to connect (software/services options etc)
- Suggestions for study groups
The Benefits of a study group:
Study buddies help keep you motivated, focussed and encourage you. They help show you where your knowledge is lacking, while providing a safe environment. Registrars who study with a study buddy tend to do better in the exams.
RVTS Exam Prep Resources
There are various resources available on RVTS Online which include information on exams as well as study material.
If you are having trouble accessing the resources, please contact your RTC.
How to connect with other registrars
- Discuss forming a study group with other RVTS Registrars - use the Online Discussion Forums / WhatsApp Groups to help find other registrars who are interested.
- GPRA has a noticeboard to connect with a study partner.
- You may have other registrars in your practice or town who would be interested in studying with you.
- It’s suggested that you start at least 8 - 12 months before the exams.
Ways to connect
RVTS encourages registrars to form study groups, and it is the registrar’s responsibility to find a suitable platform, arrange groups and regular meeting:
Below you will find a number of different options for meeting online:
- Zoom is a popular platform to use to connect with your peers: it is free and easy to use.
- Skype (conference calling available - free to use) - See how to Conference call with Skype
- Google Hangouts (free and simple to use) - See how to Conference calls with Google Hangouts
- Join.me (free or subscriptions based - free version supports up to 9 people) - Introduction to join.me Video link
- Gotomeeting / Gototraining (Paid subscription required) - Introduction: How to access GoToMeeting
Suggestions for study groups
- Try and find a time that is suitable for everyone.
- An ideal study group should have between three and five members who meet for between one and three hours. Study sessions less than an hour are likely to be rushed. If the study session is too long, productivity tends to drop and members of the group may lose focus.
- Take breaks at scheduled intervals. Planning a 10-minute break halfway through your study session, for example, can help minimize interruptions caused by people getting up to get a beverage or to make a trip to the restroom.
- Plan a study timetable.
- Use a study guide (such as the curriculum matrices).
- Ensure that the timetable is realistic and allows time to cover the breadth and depth of knowledge that is required.
- Pick a format for your group study session. A study group session will be much more effective if you know ahead of time what you plan to cover in that session and in what order you will cover it.
- You could assign each person in the group specific topics to present to the group.
- Ask each person what they would like to discuss or what they would like more help with.
- Show up prepared.
- Each registrar should come to the group prepared. Before each session you should be familiar with the material and you should know what areas you are having difficulty with.
- Stay organized and focused. This tip may be obvious, but staying organized and focused can be challenging when working with a group. There should be a group leader. In many cases, the person who started the study group and/or invited others to the study group is the leader of that session.
- Do a quick “review” or “wrap-up” at the end of the study session to recap on what was covered. Plan what will be covered at the next session during the last ten or fifteen minutes of the review session.
And remember, stay focused!