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  1. 1. Advantages A study group gives emotional as well as intellectual support. It helps each member to become more motivated and more organized. Shy students who feel inhibited in the classroom may be more willing to engage themselves in a smaller group. From each group member you may learn alternative study techniques or important tips on how to achieve success in earning a designation. Students learn from each other in addition to what they learn from the text independently or from a classroom. Group study facilitates active learning; when students are actively engaged in the learning process, they inculcate their lessons much more thoroughly than through conventional independent study. "Two heads are better than one," group study brings more perspectives together, which usually leads to more fruitful and productive study sessions. Students develop a sense of camaraderie that increases confidence and solidarity, reinforcing the sense that education is a cooperative enterprise. The kind of cooperative skills students learn in study groups will help them when they enter the workforce, where such skills are an absolute necessity. Home / Studying / 6 Benefits of Study Groups6 Benefits of Study GroupsBy Nate on February 13, 2010
  2. 2. When learning in college, many students joinstudy groups.Depending on the members and atmosphere, study groups can be either help a studentgrow or can pull a student down.In today’s post, I discuss the potential advantages of joining a study group. Remember,though, that these advantages are only present in good study groups.1. Procrastination SolutionBecause study groups meet at regular times, attending students cannot procrastinate.If alone, a student might postpone studying until the night before class. When in a studygroup, however, students have to be present at a specific time, and they are not able toprocrastinate (unless they skip the study group completely).If you struggle with procrastination, a study group might just be the solution for you!2. Learn FasterWorking together, students in study groups can generally learn faster than studentsworking alone.For instance, some part of the textbook that seems completely confusing to you could bequite clear to another student. In a study group, instead of spending valuable time puzzlingover the difficulty, you can learn quickly by simply asking a question.In addition, you can help your fellow students also when they have difficultiesunderstanding something that you do understand.
  3. 3. 3. Get New PerspectivesIf you study by yourself, you will always see your material from the same perspective –yours.While this may not be a problem, getting fresh perspectives on a topic can help you learn itmore thoroughly.Study groups are the perfect places to find these new perspectives. As you listen and askquestions, you will soon start noticing a wide variety of different viewpoint on thesame idea.This will force you to think more about your position and will, therefore, develop your criticalthinking skills while helping you study.4. Learn New Study SkillsIn addition to learning new perspectives on a topic, you can also find new study techniques.During the college years, each student develops his own particular study methods. Whileyours may work excellently, you probably can still find ways to improve your learningabilities and sharpen your mind.By joining a study group, you will have opportunity to observe a wide variety of studymethods in action. After considering the pros and cons, you can improve your own studyregimen by incorporating the best methods with your own.In addition, you can help your other study members improve by sharing your favorite studytricks also.5. Breaks The MonotonyStudying by yourself, especially for long periods of time, can become a monotonous activity.However, by joining a study group, you can break this monotony… and learn faster!Because of the social aspect of a study group, you will always have someone to discuss thetopic with when you start struggling or find the topic tedious.
  4. 4. In addition, the auditory factor of study groups can help auditory learners and students whodislike the silence of studying alone.If you find some class particularly tedious, consider joining a study group to make itmore enjoyable.6. Fill In Learning GapsStudy groups provide an excellent opportunity to fill in gaps in your notes.By comparing notes with other students, you can evaluate your accuracy, fix any errors,and get ideas for better note taking.If, on the other hand, you are a great note taker, you can help other students who had notetaking problems fix their mistakes and learn better techniques.ConclusionBefore you go and join a study group, remember that all groups are not created equal.Choose your companions carefully or study by yourself.