Five Ways to Study and Connect with Friends Virtually

With finals approaching, you may be wondering how you can study with friends and classmates in a safe, distanced and even fun way? We have listed five ways you can still connect and study with friends or classmates in a virtual setting. These tips and tools will allow you to hold your friends accountable and ensure that you are preparing for those upcoming finals!

1. Create a virtual study group

Using Zoom, FaceTime, Google Hangout or another video conferencing tool allows you to connect with your friends and classmates in a safe way while still being “face to face.” Set a day and time and meet with your friends for a designated study period. It is useful to set a plan before the study time to decide what you will work on such as practice questions, talking through a certain topic or having each person cover a certain topic. It may be useful to set a few dates to study for 45-60 minutes to keep everyone engaged and on topic. If you and your friends are all studying different topics you can still create a study group to hold each other accountable for studying during a certain time. Use the first few minutes to check in and ask how everyone is doing; it’s important to support each other in your studies and in life.

2. Add your classmates and friends to a group message

As you start studying for finals, you may find yourself wanting to ask your friends or classmates questions about topics that were covered earlier in the semester. Or maybe you want to double check the requirements for a final paper? Check in with your friends and classmates and create a study group message! You can use messaging tools such as GroupMe, Slack or Microsoft Teams to easily share documents, resources or notes. If you are wondering about something, others may be too so reach out and create a group to ask questions and send friendly reminders for deadlines to your friends.

3. Create an online, shared study guide

Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to review all the material you have covered throughout the entire semester. By using a shared document such as Google Docs, a Microsoft Teams page, Quizlet flash cards, Go Conqr or LucidChart, you and your friends can work on creating a shared study guide for your finals. Before you start working, you could divide up the sections each person is going to work on and then each person can add in their notes and comments about the sections. Once you have completed the study guide, you could even have a virtual study time to talk through the more complicated concepts. Either way a shared study guide will allow you to connect with friends or classmates and ensure you don’t miss any of the material on the exam!

4. Use a productivity timer during your study sessions

While many of us are at home, it’s easy to become distracted by our family members, pets or social media. While you are studying with your friends via Zoom, sending reminders via a study group or maybe you are creating an online study guide, use a productivity timer to keep everyone on track. By doing a quick Google search you will find a number of options that allow you to set a certain time to study and then set a timed break, so you know when to get back to work. You and your friends can become productive and focused on your work as you set a designated study time. Once your timer goes off then you can chat and take a break before it’s time to study again!

5. Study and compete against friends online

Online learning tools such as Kahoot, Quizziz or Wisc-Online allow you and your friends to study for finals in an interactive and competitive way! Divide up the material that you want to cover and create the questions you want to be asked. Kahoot allows you to join a group using a code and then you can study and compete to prepare for your exams. It will even let you add your Bitmoji! Quizziz is a way to create quizzes and polls for your exam material that you can then share with friends. Wisc-Online allows you to enter the material you would like to study and then play a number of games. These are just a few examples of online learning tools you can use to compete and study with your friends!

Although we can’t study face to face with our friends and classmates right now, there are still plenty of ways to make sure you succeed on your upcoming finals! Use these options or an idea of your own to study and connect with friends and classmates this finals season!


Posted: December 9, 2020

Category: UF/IFAS Teaching, Work & Life
Tags: CALS Classes, CALS Student, Students, Studying, Uf Cals, Virtual Learning


December 15, 2021

Amazing job my friend! Your perseverance and success is inspiring.

Andrea Gallik
December 15, 2021

So very amazed by you Jason! You have made your family and UF so proud. Your story lights a path for others. May you continue leading the way with your perseverance and integrity!

Michele Dysna leconte
December 15, 2021

Congratulations!!! Very inspiring story, May continue to be a beacon of hope for other young men dealing with similar issues

Matt Parker
December 15, 2021

Congratulations Mr. Coby. 11 straight ‘A’s eh? Way to go. Now go forth and fix the environment. Your girls look good with the current graduate. Nicely done. Beautiful fam.

December 15, 2021

Thank you for helping my nephew Jason I know he wasn’t a quicker but is this song I know if it’s Roman it will make it I’m proud of him and I look I love you and we always be there to support you we love you we love you aunt to Mimi

Anne Menard
September 14, 2021

You can post my comments.

Anne Menard
September 14, 2021

What a wonderful learning opportunity for the college students & it helps with their future education & career planning. Thank you Tall Timbers.

December 22, 2020

Dear sir, Thank you for your post. I Love group study.

Samuel Sam
December 10, 2020

Dear sir, Thank you for your post. Group study is the main for all students life and we learn a lot of things

Susan Weller
November 1, 2020

Congratulations for rewards well earned. Keep up this very important research. We are dependent on the honey bees. Your work is helping educate us all. The use of DDT was stopped due to scientist like you. Please continue to develop more earth friendly solutions for the good of mankind.

August 7, 2020


suba suba
June 11, 2020

Really appreciate you sharing this article.Really looking forward to read more. Keep writing.

Mohammed Mahmood Mohammed
May 12, 2020

Congratulations you earned that degree

May 7, 2020

Congrats Dr. Kawther. With your efforts you make what is difficult, been easy to get. Keep going don’t give up. Always the beginning is difficult but with the patience will be easy.

Pialang Indo
March 29, 2020

Very true this virus is very contagious, serious and potentially deadly virus hopes we can do what we can to reduce the spread of this virus and find the best solution to eradicate it. I was very scared until now and just stayed at home all day. Thank you for the information.

Pam Humphrey
December 19, 2019

Lindsey is an amazing, competent and caring young woman. She will be an asset to any company forward-looking enough to hire her.

Naomi Rose
December 19, 2019

Wow! I am so proud of her. Nana

Dagang Valas
December 14, 2019

Congratulation Rivas, hopefully the knowledge gained can be useful in the future and can help the community. Merry Christmas and happy new year too.

Ginny Reiss
October 1, 2019

So proud of you Adrian!!!

R. William (Bill) Henderson
June 21, 2019

Father figures are needed in all parts of education and in all of life. I teach GED to inmates in a local jail and many of the problems these inmates have stems from their many drop out fathers both male and female.

Amy Vasquez
June 20, 2019

Three perfect examples of men with integrity.

April 26, 2019

Way to go, Kendra!

April 1, 2019

Indeed everyone need to eat, and many also complain about the food source quality. I think we all should, at least, do farming in our homes. If the lack of space is a problem, then we should use vertical farming methods. This will not only clean our environment but also reduce the peoples depression (as looking at green reduces depression and is good for mental health).

Linda Nolan
March 16, 2019

Great information! Thank you Dana for sharing Ms. Clark’s enthusiasm about Florida’s agricultural importance.

March 22, 2018

I am sooo proud of Gallagher n the example given to her by these wonderful women encouraging others to jump in n make a difference. I say take your places with men n unite making the difference side by side. WELL DONE!!!

Edelyn Tidholm
March 17, 2018

Great article!

Karen Webster
February 21, 2018

We are very proud of you and your dedication to make agriculture better.

February 21, 2018

Enjoyed reading your article. It was well written and I could tell that you had put a lot of thought into what you wanted to say. Wishing you a great deal of success as you work toward your dream of becoming a lawyer. May God bless and watch over you as you embark on this journey.

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