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Virtual Study Rooms

Set up your own online study groups, because learning online doesn't mean you have to study alone.

While York Library is closed, you don't have to study alone. Just invite fellow students and set a regular study time!

Use one of the video conferencing resources listed below to meet with other students in a virtual study room.

Zoom

Zoom is now available to all York faculty, staff, and students, and it's easy to use Zoom to set up online study sessions. You can make one study group session, or many recurring meetings for your group.  You will need to have an active CUNYfirst login to use the full version of Zoom.

Using Zoom:

Go to https://cuny.zoom.us/

zoom login pageClick Sign In, and you will be prompted to use your CUNY login.

Once you are logged in you will be taken to your profile page, which you can update if you like.

You can Schedule a meeting, Join a meeting, and Host a meeting from your Profile page.

If this is your first time using your CUNY Zoom account, there are helpful video tutorials here: Zoom video tutorials

 

 

You can also download the Zoom client, mobile app, or web browser extension if you prefer a particular interface.

 

If you have any trouble with Zoom, try the York College Zoom Support page or contact the IT help desk:

Google Meet

Google Meet lets you schedule video meetings, hold impromptu video meetings, and create recurring meeting sessions. Anyone with a Google Account can create a video meeting, invite up to 100 participants, and meet for up to 60 minutes per meeting for free. All participants will need to be signed into a Google Account to join. You can create a Google Account with a work or personal email address.

Learn more about using Google Meet at the Google Workspace Learning Center. In under less 10 minutes, you can learn how to start a meeting from any device.

Meeting links remain active until the meeting has ended. Meeting links for recurring meetings will stay active for as long as the event repeats.

Tips & Tricks

Never participated in an online study group before? Here are some tips to help you be successful!

  • Keep it small. Try to keep the group to a manageable number where everyone can contribute equally and schedules are easier to coordinate. Something like 3-5 people is recommended for a productive, effective group.
  • Keep it short. A big deadline may seem like a good reason to do a marathon study session -- but short, regular, weekly sessions (no longer than 45 to 60 minutes) are more effective and allow schedule flexibility.
  • Keep it focused. Online study groups can benefit from having a moderator (members can take turns) to manage sessions and keep everyone's attention focused on the subject at hand. This person can set a group agenda for the session and steer the group away from tangents. Set session goals.
  • Keep it quiet. Log in from somewhere that's relatively quiet and conducive to learning. Resist the urge to check messages and focus on the session.
  • Keep to a plan. Decide as a group what you would like to cover in a session (via email ahead of time or at the end of your previous meeting). You can focus on completing practice questions, or take time to identify and understand key concepts for the most challenging material.

 

Here is some other advice we've found that may help everyone be more productive: