Study groups—the benefits of working with others

Working alone can make for a good studying atmosphere, but why not study with a group of friends? If they are not more distracting than helpful, friends or classmates can make some of the best study tools available.

Working together is great for many reasons. Firstly, people who have common interests are more likely to be productive in a study environment. Whether studying literature, art, music or psychology, having other people who know the material being studied is a good help when studying is a must.

Sometimes, studying can be boring depending on the subject and interest in reviewing the material. Every student knows that studying is a must because we are told from the time we are little to study hard to get good grades, but sometimes studying is less effective without a little leisure time. Taking a break from homework or studying is a nice alleviation from the stress of school, but having someone to take the break with is even better. It gives someone to talk to and to take minds off of the books for a few minutes. The biggest concern with this benefit is that some friends can make the break last a little too long.

Speaking of breaks, coffee makes a great distraction from studying. Students tend to be drawn to studying in a coffee shop, and something about having a coffee in one hand and a pen in the other gives a sense of comfort to the studying student. Enjoying a cup of coffee with a study group and writing thoughts down or study materials are great conversation starters. For example, finding out what someone’s coffee is could lead to a realm of new information about that person, and it could lead to a permanent study buddy!

While drinking a cup of coffee with classmates and being productive with the people of common interest, friendships can form from simple study sessions like the late night coffee shop meetings or practicing for a large presentation. Finding a group of classmates is an effective way to find the best study group, and some of those classmates could turn out to be one of the best friends of an entire academic career. Not only can friends and classmates improve your study time. They can improve your study skills as well.

Studying in a group can teach a student many things a classroom cannot. For example, a teacher can tell a student to use index cards for notes, but students interpret advice differently than others. Because of this, sharing techniques and study habits with a study group of classmates or friends has the potential to create a well-rounded set of study skills that will be endlessly useful for academic purposes and even professional purposes.

Find a study group and be sure to meet up with them, talk to them, and get to know them. Classmates can turn to best friends, and friends can turn into valuable study resources.