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How to organize math study groups online for long-distance collaboration? For example, how to organize a study group to:

  • Effectively go through a textbook,

  • Taking notes (not necessarily collaboratively),

  • Organizing time, exercises,

  • Publishing solutions to exercises and reviewing these solutions?

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From my experience running computational research projects between people in my research group (in the UK) and with our collaborators in Singapore we tend to use a few tools.

Sharelatex.com / Dropbox with Latex files: Writing notes for maths is easiest in latex. I'm not sure if you already use it but if not its a mark up language which allows you to easily add mathematical and scientific notation. It is almost exclusively used in the research community and there are a ton of tutorials online. Notes and updates are well presented and easy for others to go through.

Slack: As we are working in collaboration, or in your case studying together, it can be really useful to have a chat space dedicated to the study group. Facebook chat / groups and whatsapp messages proved to be a nightmare for me before and slack is easy to use and free! You can also use the calendar integrations etc.

Speaking Together: Even though we are often based on different continents a voice conversation is infinitely better than just text. Of course this depends on the size of the group but I tend to call my collaborators on a regular basis and they call one another too.

I realise this isn't exactly a study group setting but I think its similar enough?

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  • $\begingroup$ thanks for your answer, will give you the bounty as there not much choice (; i'm always open to more suggestions btw $\endgroup$
    – user153330
    Nov 27, 2016 at 16:13
  • $\begingroup$ I'll keep an ear out and ask the other guys in my group if they have any other ideas that might be useful for you :) Thanks for the bounty I wasn't expecting it! $\endgroup$
    – j__
    Nov 28, 2016 at 7:46

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