DO set the agenda at the start of each meeting. You propose the agenda; don’t wait on someone else to do it. No need to get all fancified (or to even write anything down). I’m just talking about having a game plan. You might say something like, ” I was thinking we could maybe go over those problem sets Dr. Nahasapimapabalan gave us last class, and then review the readings from this week.”
Most people (especially those who hate to time-sucking study groups) will be pleased to have a game plan. If you wait around for everyone else to come up with the agenda, you and your group members may spend half the time just fanoodling about what you should be doing. Even if the group decides to change your proposal, at least they’ll be working from a definite starting point, saving everyone time.
DO take breaks. You do know the big cerebral value of taking frequent (short) breaks, right? If not, watch this video. You might propose the breaks as part of your initial agenda. Breaks are not only better for your memory, they help break up the time (duh) giving a concrete goal to work towards. A goal, both clear and near, boosts the productivity of the proletariat, comrades.
(more to come)