Study Groups

1. What is a QR study group?

2. Who leads the study group?

3. Which courses have QR study groups?

4. When and where do study groups meet?

5. Who may attend the study group sessions?

6. What is required of students who attend the study groups?

7. Are there any limitations on what a Quantitative Reasoning study group can do?

8. How can I get more information?

1. What is a Quantitative Reasoning study group?

A QR study group is a small group of students who work together once or twice a week under the leadership of a trained Q-Skills tutor, to discuss concepts, solve problems, and improve studying strategies. Quantitative skills are reviewed through their applications in course material.

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2. Who leads the study group?

Groups are led by trained Quantitative Reasoning tutors who have been selected by the course professor, in conjuction with the QR Director, to be an additional resource for students. The tutors are students who are majoring in the area of the course and/or have previously taken the class themselves. Quantitative Reasoning Study Group Tutors are trained not only to help with problems and review skills, but also to share strategies on study methods and test preparation.

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3. Which courses have Quantitative Reasoning study groups?

Any course that has a significant quantitative content is eligible for a QR study group. Usually study groups are established at the request of the professor at the beginning of the semester. Study groups may also be requested by students enrolled in a quantitative course during the semester. In such cases, and with the professor's permission, the Quantitative Reasoning Program may be able to set up a study group.

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4. When and where do study groups meet?

The study group leaders generally visit classes during the first two weeks of the semester to introduce themselves and announce when the groups will meet. Usually groups meet in the evening and occasionally on weekends. They are scheduled to meet at convenient locations on campus. Most groups start by the third week of the semester. A SCHEDULE of study group times and places is published once the groups are established and is updated throughout the semester.

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5. Who may attend the study group sessions?

Any student enrolled in a course with a study group is invited to attend the sessions. All students can benefit from participation and from listening to and learning from other students in the group. Working on problems together often brings new insight into the material for participating students.

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6. What is required of students who attend study groups?

Study group members are expected to attend study group sessions on a regular basis. Group members are also expected to prepare for the group sessions by reviewing class notes and assigned readings, attempting problem sets, and jotting down questions before coming to the session. It is expected that all study group members will treat the group leader and other attending students in a respectful manner.

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7. Are there any limitations on what a Quantitative Reasoning study group can do?

Yes, there are some limitations on what you should expect from a study group. Participation in a study group can help you understand course content, improve your quantitative skills, and also provide you with some studying/test preparation strategies. The study group is not a replacement for individual work nor should it replace your contact with the course professor. The study groups are intended as supplemental support throughout the semester; they are not to serve as "cram sessions" before tests. The most successful students combine regular study group participation with diligent individual studying.

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8. How can I get more information?

See your professor or contact Eric Gaze, the Director of the Quantitative Reasoning Program. The QR Program office is located in The Center for Learning and Teaching in #102 Kanbar Hall. You may stop by the office, call (207)725-3135, or email Eric Gaze, Director of the QR Program - egaze@bowdoin.edu

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