Remember that saying “two heads are better than one”? Just
imagine how effective four or five heads can be! Study groups can really
help you to improve your grades. Whether you are struggling at school
of you need to up your game to get into college, study groups are really
where the magic happens.
Study groups don’t mean sitting around texting, playing Wii and eating
pizza. When a group of determined students committed to improving their
academics get together, you can be sure that grades are going to be getting
a whole lot better.
There are so many benefits!
Dividing reading among your study group means you can work through large
swathes of material, get really comprehensive notes and present the information
in a variety of learning styles.
When you present your share of the work, you are honing your presentation
skills while really locking that information into your long-term memory.
Teaching something really helps to reinforce your own knowledge and gives
the group a chance to add to your understanding of the material.
Getting the perspectives of the other study group participants can broaden
your knowledge. Together you can also get through the extra readings which
you may not have time for on your own.
Start by picking the right team
Perhaps the single most important factor in starting a successful study
group is selecting the right students. When setting up a study group,
avoid choosing members based on friendship alone. Instead, find students
who are able to contribute significantly, who are committed to working
hard and who will be reliable. Study groups work best when they consist
of people who are more or less on the same academic level.
Everyone learns differently, so divide your work up evenly among the group.
Then ask each person to make comprehensive notes on the readings which
they can share so you have something to use for studying. During your
study group, each person gets a chance to present and explain their portion
of the readings. You can use videos, mind maps, illustrations and infographics
to help the visual learners.
When you have worked through the material, do some test exams together.
Help each other with the questions you got wrong. Never erase an incorrect
answer – instead take notes on where you went wrong so you don’t
make the same mistakes again.
When you share your studying with others, you are able to get through more
work. You can help each other with those parts you don’t understand
and share notes and other leaning materials. Encouraging each other and
helping each other to work though problems will improve friendships too.
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