As an active learning strategy, studying in a group means meeting regularly with others from the class to help each other learn the concepts, to ask each other challenging questions, and to predict or debrief exam questions. Effective study groups can help students learn course material in a deeper, more concrete way. Groups that are effective generate positive energy, encourage active participation, and require commitments from each other.
Why form a study group at Brescia University?
If you study by yourself, you will always see your material from the same perspective—yours. While this may not be a problem, getting fresh perspectives on a topic can help you learn it more thoroughly. As you listen and ask questions, you will soon start noticing a variety of different viewpoints on the same idea. This will force you to think more about your position and will, therefore, develop your critical thinking skills while helping you study.
Studying by yourself, especially for long periods of time, can become a monotonous activity—especially if you find the subject matter tedious. By joining a study group, you can break this monotony and make learning more enjoyable. When you feel like there is just so much to learn and it all seems overwhelming, a study group session can be a real boost as members support each other. The auditory factor of group study, talking and listening, can help auditory learners and students who dislike the silence of studying alone.
Tips to make sure your study group is effective and successful.
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