I can guarantee you that you are not the only one, it is extremely hard to focus during a study group.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Get everyone to go over lecture material/ read textbook before the study group and ask them to come prepared with discussion topics/questions
2. Split up subtopics or pages in the textbooks. Every member gets assigned a subtopic and has to create a summary and come up with potential exam questions.
3. If your textbook has chapter questions, assign them as homework before the meeting. You don’t have to go through them all, just ones others didnt get. You can even split them up between group members, that way you need to stay focused during meetings in order to get all the answers.
4. Get creative to keep things interesting. At every meeting create possible exam questions, create a concept map or summary sheet, and get someone to photocopy it for all members. Have members submit questions before the meeting and turn each meeting into a game show.
5. Plan time to break and talk. For example study every 50 minutes, then break for 10, set a timer for the end of your break. If you find that you’re still struggling to stay focused, change it to every 25 minutes study, than every 5 minutes break.
6. Act like every meeting is another lecture. Assign a member a meeting to act like a lecturer and present a summary of the info in a new way (make it engaging).
summary: It won’t work if you’re just expecting to show up and study. Create goals for every meeting, assign roles to every member, and make meetings engaging.
Thanks for your question!
Hope this helps,
If you have any other questions feel free to ask,