Time and time again, the group project has become an intrusive problem for students, leaving students unsettled with the idea of working or studying in a group setting. However, that does not mean that the potential of studying in groups should be dismissed. Here are the top 10 reasons all students should form a study group, as soon as possible!
1. Understand the Subject Better
There is no argument that taking time to read, learn, and study a subject or theory will lead to a greater understanding of that particular subject. By actively engaging with the material, learning together, and genuinely knowing a subject, students can feel empowered and motivated to do well in the classroom.
2. Get Better Grades
A number of students put off studying, homework, papers, and projects. A study group can help solidify and clarify the material, leading to a more promising classroom experience, and potentially a higher GPA! By understanding the subject and feeling motivated, students will feel more willing to do better in class, on tests, and on assignments.
3. Gain Well-Rounded Insight
By having each group member read, study, and summarize the most important points in a chapter, other students in the group gain the capability of understanding the chapters at a deeper level. Different students might uncover different themes or theories, so studying with others can be an eye opening experience. Students can analyze their findings, which can serve as a standard to help determine the most important points of a chapter.
4. Maintain Personal Responsibilities
Study groups should allow each student to share his/her ideas and thoughts about a particular subject—the student can even give a small presentation, depending on the group’s dynamics.
This is highly beneficial; students who are going to present at a study group are less likely to forget to do their reading! No one wants to be embarrassed in front of their peers or to let others down!
Unfortunately, oftentimes several college students can find themselves to be naturally rebellious toward authority figures. This rebellion can lead them to feel frustrated with assignments given by a professor. However, the added responsibility of studying with a group of peers (without the influence of an elder figure) can enable these students to feel more apt to participate, promoting responsibility, education, and team building.
5. Gain Team Experience
When the time comes to look for a job, workplaces might ask about one’s experience working in teams. By forming and participating in a regular study group, prospective employees will have ample experience from which to draw answers, stories, and more during an interview and in the workplace.
Learning how to get along well with others in a team-oriented environment can show potential employers that an interviewee is focused, patient, well-rounded, and an overall team player.
6. Combat Procrastination & Achieve More
Not surprisingly, the desire to procrastinate can be much stronger when one is alone. Rather than falling to the personal pressure of procrastination, surrounding oneself with motivated, serious students can help get the ball rolling on assignments, and can become the building block to success!
7. Sharpen Problem-Solving Skills
The idea of placing 3-5 college students in one room to study might not sound promising; it is likely for disagreements, arguments, and distractions to occur.
However, by learning how to adapt to the work and study styles of others, students will sharpen their problem solving skills. When there are 3-5 conflicting ideas, theories, and practices in a single group, students must decipher which idea is the best; this takes patience, sacrifice, and the skills needed to resolve the issue.
8. Study Nearby
Forming a study group with peers that live nearby means that students don’t have to commute all the way to school to study; this is especially helpful for those with longer commutes. This tactic can also be especially useful for online students. Don’t hide behind the anonymity of the virtual classroom; get out and meet others from your class in a safe, public environment!
In this modern age, students must adapt to new technologies. Students having difficulty meeting up can also utilize the Internet for their study groups! When a group member is out of town, when the weather is bad, or when group members are having difficulty meeting in a particular location, then log in to Skype, Go-to-Meeting, or other video conferencing websites!
9. Meet in the Setting You Choose
Forming a study group enables students to decide where to study. Burned out by meeting day after day in the back of the silent, whitewashed local library? Head over to your nearest coffee shop, stock up on caffeine, and enjoy a humanized study experience, surrounded by likeminded professionals, students, and everyday people!
10. Motivate and Inspire One Another
Having trouble getting through a difficult class? Well, a bit of moral support can go a long way! By doing so, students will not only motivate one another to do well, but they will also have the chance to form strong, long-lasting friendships.
Are You Ready to Form an Effective Study Group?
Here are a few tips that students should consider when making the commitment to form an effective study group:
- Your group should not exceed 5 members (although, 3-4 is best)
- Meeting weekly is essential
- There should be a peer leader who determines meeting locations, study session times, and keeps the group informed about the next week’s subject
- The group should determine what they will cover from the start—the leader will only ensure that the group stays on track
- Be sure to review together, go over difficult homework questions, and address any other problems group members face during class
- Don’t forget to do a quick wrap up, summarizing the important details
- Remember: this is not class; have fun with your group!
- Bond by spending time together outside of class and aside from the group
FNU—Helping Students Down the Road to Success
Incoming freshmen and experienced students alike can benefit from the aforementioned tips. Success is up to each individual and can be achieved in a number of ways; we highly suggest that students form study groups in order to stand out from the rest of their peers and to do well each semester—especially in a difficult class!
If you are not yet a student, and are still deciding where you would like to further your education, consider Florida National University (FNU). We care about each individual student—our small class sizes allow for extra individual attention, thus fostering a healthy and thriving learning environment. Interested in one of our programs? Get started, and apply now!