It is well known that individuals who feel socially alienated or as if they do not belong to any group, have poor mental well-being than those who feel socially included.
So, how effective is it to be part of a group when it’s a matter of studying? Is group studying right for you?
Well, before we discuss the pros and the cons of group studying with you; let’s get to know what group studying actually means.
If students learn in small groups and express their views on a specific educational topic, it is known as learning in a group or a group study. The group thus developed is called a study group. The study group is typically made up of students who study in the same class or group.
What Are The Main Features Of The Effective Group Study?
These are the characteristics of a successful study group:
• Each member of the group engages in the discussion. Only then is the discussion healthy. If any member is most of the time quiet during the conversation, it suggests that the subject is not of interest to him or that he is not content with the group.
• The members of the group will speak to each other. The conversation need not be in the context of a debate. Any member should not be disturbed when another individual is speaking.
• The members of the group will be comfortable with the topic of the debate. If all participants are happy, it will contribute to a positive conversation and a strong sharing of information.
• There must be no reluctance among all the members of the group. They should be free to question each other openly. If this is not the case, doubts may remain in the minds of the members, which may cause issues in the future.
• The members will not switch to some other topic when discussing it. There should be a coherent discussion on a single subject.
• Finally, looking at the pros and cons, you need to determine if the study groups are appropriate for you.
What Is The Upside Of Being A Part Of A Group? Let’s Have A Look:
• Team Building: Group study helps students to express their diverse ideas with each other. This principle typically contributes to a stronger learning experience, because brainstorming leads to fresh concepts and, as a result, students study the same topic, but from various viewpoints. Open communication improves analytical capabilities and helps you gain exposure to certain knowledge which, as a result, broadens your mind.
• Clarity Conversations: Students are unique and can view the same knowledge differently. You should also ask your study partner to explain a difficult concept to you and vice versa. Often, this behaviour improves learning and strengthens thoughts, as more knowledge is shared, the better the experience would be.
• Confidence Booster: Group Studying is the perfect cure for procrastination because it removes the monotonous thinking phase and keeps you attentive to what others are doing. Mock assessments and practice quizzes aid those dealing with course resources and derive exams and quizzes from them as well.
• Gain Different Viewpoints: If you learn by yourself, you can continue to see the content from the same perspective. Although this might not be an issue, having different insights on the topic will help you think more about it. When you listen to others and ask questions, you will quickly begin to see a number of different viewpoints on the same problem.
• Fill in Information Holes: Study groups offer an ideal way to bridge differences in your comprehension. By comparing notes with other students, each will test their own accuracy. They will edit the mistakes and fill in the information they might have overlooked. Members frequently share ideas about how to take notes.
Drawbacks Of Study In Group
• Lack of Productivity: Group Studying hinders innovation and performance. Productivity should be a concern as there are exams on the way. Studying alone would allow you time and room to do your own study. Often, while you’re there, you can easily concentrate on a specific portion because you realize you need to miss the other pieces you’ve already learned. This helps you to handle your time effectively and prioritize your activities.Lack of Productivity: Group Studying hinders innovation and performance. Productivity should be a concern as there are exams on the way. Studying alone would allow you time and room to do your own study. Often, while you’re there, you can easily concentrate on a specific portion because you realize you need to miss the other pieces you’ve already learned. This helps you to handle your time effectively and prioritize your activities.
• Distraction/Chit-Chats: Since students often treat a social network separate from a study group, gossips are the only aspect that occurs during a group session. You will consider it tedious to maintain while you study in a group. Often the topic of discussion moves from learning to fashionable activities that increase diversion. This leads the group study to be inefficient and less useful. Studying alone may be beneficial if you need to pay careful attention to the materials at hand.
• Ineffective Judgment: If the judgment on the pace, place and number of participants, topics or collection of group leaders is not in sync, it can contribute to a breakdown of the group. It is challenging to take these decisions but they need to be taken while keeping a number of issues in mind.
• Impersonalized Learning: Our minds interpret knowledge differently, because in order to process information properly, you must do things your own way. If you study in a group, you may be learning at someone else’s speed, if it’s too quick or too sluggish, it won’t help you understand.
We do not aim to confuse you by showing two sides of group studying. We only mean to help you to make and choose your decisions wisely. Studying in groups can prove to be useful. It should be remembered, though, that the study group should not become a purely enjoyable group or social group. For certain topics you could opt for group studying while for others you can study by yourself. Before you enter a study group, note that not all groups are formed in the same way. Pick a good group that invests its time learning and not just socializing.