Study groups. You’ll need them. You’ll want them.
Mines is known for its academic rigor, but that doesn’t mean you have to tackle your studies alone. Got a thermodynamics problem you can’t figure out? Need some extra brain power to make sure you know all the key concepts for that fluid systems exam at the end of the week? Orediggers know the benefits of collaboration, and a group of friends is just the thing to provide some support—while having fun and taking some of the stress out of exam prep.
What to expect
Fresh ideas and academic success
A sense of camaraderie
Time to socialize while studying
Learning from each other is sometimes easier than formal tutoring
Study groups—that you can choose yourself—can help you stay motivated and move through challenging topics
Free tutoring help also available from the Center for Academic Services and Advising (CASA)
During the academic year
Dylan, Electrical Engineering, Larkspur, Colo.
“Study groups have been pretty paramount to my own success at Mines. Having another perspective on how to approach a problem that you’re stuck on is helpful, to say the least. Two minds are always better than one, and three is even radder.”
Zach, Mechanical Engineering, Seattle, Wash.
“Doing homework with friends is always better than alone. Don’t let yourself drown in the work, but collaborate often.”
Grace, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Broomfield, Colo.
“Study groups are a great way to check your understanding and also socialize, so it is a win-win situation!”
Madeline, Mechanical Engineering, Noblesville, Ind.
“I generally just study with my friends, but it’s always good to meet people in classes so you have someone to reach out to if you’re stuck.”
Michelle, Mechanical Engineering, The Woodlands, Texas
“Study groups are the best way to succeed in classes and to make friends. You’ll be able to learn from peers and teach your peers concepts, which is just as valuable. Always reach out to fellow students and see if they want to study with you because they’re probably thinking the same thing as you.”
Colton, Mechanical Engineering, Olathe, Kan.
“Study groups are always a great option. You could bring questions you are confused about and there will almost always be someone to explain it. It also encourages you to get work done in a productive manner. Furthermore, studying with people you know can help reduce stress which is detrimental against productive test-taking.”
Stella, Mechanical Engineering, Lincoln, Neb.
“Study groups at Mines are quite possibly the best thing to happen to me in college. I have made my best friends in the library late at night.”
Caleb, Computer Science, Denver, Colo.
“Study groups are the perfect excuse to make friends. Some of my best friends still are the fellow freshmen that struggled in Data Structures with me.”
Kejun, Chemical Engineering, China
“Study groups are what got me through my time with taking classes. Graduate-level classes are hard. We are all in the same boat, and everyone was so supportive of each other rather than being competitive. That’s one thing I love about being an Oredigger!”
Sydney, Geological Engineering, Piedmont, Okla.
“Studying with groups and friends has really helped me improve my experience. Mines is known for its difficult academics—I couldn’t have done it alone.”