Virtual Study Hall

MITT Virtual Study Hall (Starting in May 2021) is a time and place (Zoom) that students can join to study independently, but also take breaks to connect with others.

The goal of the study hall is to simulate a campus common area, library or coffee shop environment where students would normally study together. Many students find that they focus better when they are around other people, because when you see others are studying too, it’s easier to stay on task.

We also want to help you connect with each other so that you can experience the social benefits that have been missing during the pandemic. So, there will be an open group chat running, as well as 5-min social breaks when students are welcome to turn on microphones and cameras to say hi, talk about their study goals or participate in quick icebreaker games.

Details

  • Open to all (not program specific), voluntary, drop in, no registration required
  • Students join a zoom call where the purpose is to study together, or at least around each other virtually
  • Casual, low-pressure setting, not recorded by MITT
  • At the start, say hi to the host or other students, and feel free to declare your study goal for that session. Setting a goal for each 25-minute study period, or the whole session, can be very helpful. You can also do this in the group chat, which will be open the whole time
  • You can study on your own, or you can be placed in a breakout room with a friend or other students from your program
  • The host is there to provide support and answer any questions that may arise. They will keep track of time and guide the 5-min break activities
  • Study Hall does not include tutoring, but you can work together with others or ask how to connect with a Student Advisor

Each session goes like this:

First 5 minutes The host will welcome students, explain how it works and invite students to share their study goals or questions
25 minutes Study period—students stay online and it’s quiet in the main Zoom room while everyone studies. You can request a breakout room for studying or talking with others
5-minute break The host will invite everyone to interact by starting a discussion or game
25 minutes Study period—students stay online and it’s quiet in the main Zoom room while everyone studies. You can request a breakout room for studying or talking with others
5-minute break The host will invite everyone to share about their study progress, and mention upcoming MITT events or ways to get help
25 minutes Study period—students stay online and it’s quiet in the main Zoom room while everyone studies. You can request a breakout room for studying or talking with others

The format is inspired by the Pomodoro Technique for productivity.

 

When is this offered? Do I need to register?

Currently, Virtual Study Hall is offered via Zoom on the following days:

  • Mondays TBA
  • Wednesdays TBA

Registration is optional: if you register here you will receive a reminder email.

Accessibility

If you would like to request any accommodations for participation or inclusion in the Virtual Study Hall. please contact us before you attend.

 

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