Nowadays, education has become a competition. In school, we compete with our classmates to get the highest marks while in college; we compete with each other to get into the course of our choice. In the midst of all the competition, we overlook the possibility of working together. Cooperation between the group members, a good atmosphere and a set goal can make studying more efficient than ever before!
“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” -Napoleon Hill
Most people have the view that studying in groups will inevitably turn into chit-chatting and no work will be achieved. However, group study has been found to be more efficient than studying on your own. Let’s take a look at a few reasons why group study is important.
- It eliminates procrastination
Every student’s biggest problem is procrastination. When one studies on their own, they usually put it off until the last minute. “I’ll do it later” becomes their go-to phrase. If you study in groups, the problem of procrastination is almost never encountered since these groups have fixed timings and meet on a regular basis. Furthermore, the other people in the group are most likely to influence you to study with them.
- It provides as a support system
School can be stressful, many times. In these situations, you can seek support from your group members. At least one of the group members may have been through a similar situation and would be able to help you out. The group members will encourage and motivate each other to do better and achieve their study goals. In one member falls ill, the other members will make notes for them and help them catch up with the rest of the group.
- Learn more efficiently
Study groups usually meet on a regular basis and assign topics to themselves. This helps the group to focus and cover all the topics more effectively. We’ve all heard the saying, “Two heads are better than one.” When someone studies alone, they usually focus on a difficult topic and spend hours trying to understand it, whereas, in group study, the group members help each other to understand the difficult concepts. They will allow you to clear your doubts on any topic immediately. Through group study, you can also exchange notes with each other and, not only fill in the gaps in your notes but also, gain new insights on the subject. This gives learning a faster, efficient and unique form.
- Acquire new studying skills
Everyone has a different method of studying. Some recite the matter while others write the matter down. Studying in groups provides you with a wide variety of studying techniques. You can choose whichever method helps you the most and incorporate it into your routine. You can also share tips and tricks regarding note-making with the other group members.
Breaks the monotony
Studying on your own, especially for long periods of time can become monotonous. Joining a study group adds a social aspect to your study routine. Interacting with one another can break the monotony of learning. The group can also be an outlet for discussing topics that you struggle with or find tedious. Breaking the monotony is important as you will tend to lose focus if the subject starts feeling tedious.
- Understand different perspectives
When you study on your own, you only get one perspective on the topic. However, when you study in a group, you are offered a variety of viewpoints on the same topic. Getting fresh perspectives would help you understand a topic thoroughly. This activity would also help you develop critical thinking skills.
- Enhances your skills
Study groups help you to improve your communication skills through the interactions and discussions that take place while studying. Every professional career requires you to collaborate with your colleagues. Studying in a group would help you learn team dynamics and enhance your capability to be a good team member. Study groups will facilitate you with these soft skills that will help you to develop as a student and as a professional.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while forming a study group:
- Keep the group small. The group should not exceed 4 members. If the group contains too many members, you may get distracted often.
- Meet on a regular basis.
- Establish what you need to cover at the start of the session and stick to it.
- At the end of the session, address the problems that any group member may have faced on the topic covered.
- Spend some time together, outside the study group.
These few tips will ensure a harmonious and productive study group.