How to Use StudyCrossing
We’ve spent a long time developing this site, and now we’re proud to introduce you to a new platform for connecting test-takers and test-prep experts.
To get you started, here’s a brief introduction on how to use the site.
On StudyCrossing, you can:
- Find and join study groups for standardized tests
- Find individual study buddies
- Create your own study groups for any test you’d like
- Invite your friends to join your groups
- Study and chat with others online, in your city, or both
- Ask and answer specific test related questions
- Connect with test takers and experts
If you’re a test prep expert, you can:
- Start free or paid study groups
- Build custom study plans
- Answer questions and engage with test-takers
- Become a StudyCrossing Blog contributor
- Promote and leverage your services or business
- Promote your test prep resources
- Work with us as a site sponsor or partner
The Conversations Section
Informal Chats and Site Activity
This is the default landing page for registered users. Discussions shows all public updates that are posted across the site. Use this section to quickly see what’s going on, join the discussion, and find relevant groups and users.
Q&A Forum for Test Specific Questions
The Questions & Answers section is StudyCrossing’s forum for asking more detailed questions about specific tests.
There are dedicated forums for the major tests (ACT, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, SAT, GRE). However, you can also use the general forum (‘Other Tests’) where you can ask questions about any test.
If you know the answer to a question, please go ahead and post a reply. You can find an overview of unanswered questions in the ‘Unanswered’ section, which is particularly handy if you are a test prep expert and have expertise pertaining to several different tests.
The Groups Section
All Groups is the main section that shows you all available groups. We are just getting started, so go ahead and start your own group by clicking the Create New Group button!
The study groups in this section can be online only groups or ‘meetup’ groups. Meetup Groups are those groups whose members, in addition to connecting through the website, also meet in a physical location, such as a local library, coffee shop, etc.
Each group’s metadata will tell you which test its members are studying for and what their approximate target test date is.
Once you join a group, you can chat with other members and exchange questions and tips, follow calendar events (especially useful for Meetup Groups that need to schedule their next meetings), and see the group’s custom study plans.
The Meetup Groups section lets you search and form study groups or study partners that meet in a physical location. In the above example, the group meets in Austin/TX.
Meetup Groups are useful for those who would like to connect with one or more other test-takers in person and form a traditional study group.
Meet in libraries, coffee shops, etc. (But please stay safe and exercise appropriate caution when meeting up with others).
Creating a New Group
To create your own new group, click the ‘Create New Group’ button. Depending on your screen size and device, this button will be in the sidebar or at the bottom of the group listing.
Now, simply go through a few quick steps to start your group.
- Enter the group’s name and description
- Define which test the group is studying for
- Enter your approximate test date
- Define if the group meets online only or if there are meetups
- Define if group membership is free or paid
- For Meetup Groups, define the location
- Define whether the group is public or private
- Upload your group’s avatar
- Invite existing members to join the group
A few additional things to note:
- Public groups can be joined by any member; updates posted in these groups appear in the Discussions section and are not private
- Private groups require the group administrator to approve each membership request; updates posted in these groups are only visible to the group members
- Paid groups need to be private and, in addition, the group admin will need to charge members (for example by using Paypal invoices) before approving their requests
- Once your group is created, you can add custom study plans – just click ‘Edit Group’ and navigate to the Study Plans section
- To invite new members via email to your group, complete the group creation process and then click the ‘Invite’ button (sidebar or at the bottom of the Groups page)
- You can assign administrator privileges to any member(s) you’d like
The Members section lets you explore other users’ profiles. You can easily connect with those that are studying for the same test as you are or find test prep experts.
We are in Beta mode, so the above is just an excerpt from our design stage and does not show actual members… 🙂
The Backpack section is your dashboard for StudyCrossing.
Here, you can:
- Edit your profile and avatar
- Catch up with conversations, messages, and mentions
- Manage your group memberships and invitations
- Keep track of your groups’ events
- Change passwords and other settings
For Test Prep Experts
Are you a test prep expert or test prep company? Great, we’d love for you to join our community.
During the registration process, please navigate to the form for test prep experts and tell us a bit more about yourself or your company. Alternatively, follow this link at any time to notify us of your special status.
StudyCrossing features for test prep experts:
- Experts are designated as such throughout the site (look for the orange star icons)
- Your groups, Q&A forum responses, and member profile stand out
- Start your own study groups and offer free or paid online and ‘real life’ study and tuition sessions
- Use StudyCrossing to build an audience and create your own following
- Submit blog posts and promote your services or business
- Contact us for customized solutions
Please keep in mind that this is still in Beta.
If you find bugs and/or have any suggestions or comments, please just drop us a line!
Thanks for joining us, we’re grateful for your support!