Finding the right techniques while studying can save time and make sure that the information is being absorbed, learned, and understood. One of the most effective studying techniques is taking part in a study group. Whether you are taking part in study groups that are led by an instructor, or informal study groups, there are a number of benefits that can be experienced. The following are a few positives to choosing to study with a group.
The Ability to Have Questions Answered
When it comes to an instructor led environment in the classroom, there may not be time for questions to be addressed during the lecture. Students that have decided to take part in a study group can have their questions addressed and answered. The best part about this is the fact that peers and students will often answer questions differently than a teacher, providing the opportunity to easier understand the concepts that are being taught.
Encouragement to Learn the Material
Finding the time to study is easier than finding the motivation. Many students become easily distracted and are unable to focus on the task at hand. Working with a study group is going to encourage you to study with the group, go over the material so something can be added to the group discussion, and so that you can help others in the group to clarify any of the teaching points that they don't understand. Studying as part of a group is a big motivator to learn and understand the material that is being presented in class.
Recalling the Material Being Learned
Repetition is an important part of learning. We must take in the information through different channels like reading, listening to it, talking about it and writing it down in order to fully absorb and understand the material that is being presented. Taking part in a study group encourages repetition as you are talking about the lessons being presented with the group, taking additional notes, and even explaining to others in the group about any of the concepts that they don't understand. The study group can reduce the time spent studying on your own - and can often be more of an effective way to learn the material and further the education.
Developing Peer Relationships
Studying as part of a group is a great way to make friends with people in the same class. The peer relationships can come in handy when you missed a class and need to go over the material that was learned or are simply looking for motivation when it comes time to study for the final exams or tests. The peer relationships are an important part of the education and can become a valuable learning tool.
The Ability to Ask the Instructor/Assistant Questions
In groups that are designed for study assistance led by the instructor or an assistant, you are able to ask questions about the material, get a clear answer, and even learn more about the information that is going to be covered on the final exam. This valuable tool can help to develop the relationship between the student and the teacher and is a great way to get more from the class that is being taken.
There are various avenues that can be used to find a study group. You can inquire to the teacher whether there are any formal study groups scheduled, or create one with other students by stimulating interest in the class. Often a group will come together and become friends with one another, creating even more support surrounding the education and increasing the chances that they are going to excel within the class or the program.
Ryan Ayers writes and creates articles in the field of education. This article was written to explain the benefits of a study group and the encourage further study in this area with a Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction.