Subject: Study with others or FAIL

Upward Bound & Talent Search
Study With Others or FAIL!
The art of study groups
Brains working together
Have you ever heard the saying,"two brains are better than one?" Study groups offer an alternative to studying alone. Forming an effective study group is a great strategy to enhance learning and increase academic success. Study groups promote a cooperative, rather than competitive, learning environment. Keep reading below to discover some benefits to forming a study group.
The 12 benefits of study groups:
1. Helps combat procrastination.

2. Promotes faster learning and retention.

3. Promotes accountability.

4. Provides a community of support and         friendship.

5. Helps in reviewing the material.

6. Encourages teamwork and enhances        interpersonal skills.

7. Minimizes test anxiety. 

8. Improves and/or develops study skills       and strategies.

9. Enhances deeper understanding by           identifying gaps in knowledge and             clarifying any questions.

10. Stimulates acknowledgment and               acceptance of different perspectives.

11. Boosts motivation.

12. Expands access to information and           resources.

Choosing an effective group»
  • Choose positive classmates who will motivate and encourage each other. 
  • Choose classmates who are interested in getting good grades and open to learning and improving. 
  • Form a group of about 3-5 members.
  • Choose classmates who are committed to showing up and doing the necessary preparation prior to meetings.
  • Choose classmates who are alert and focused in class, and who ask questions during lectures.
Best study group practices:

1. Compare class/lecture notes. 

2. Practice teaching each other.

3. Test each other by asking questions or making games.

4. Stay organized, focused, and eliminate distractions.

5. Meet in an appropriate meeting place, once a week, for about an     hour.

6. Choose a group "leader" to keep the study sessions on                     track.

7. Bring healthy snacks, like fruit, to keep energy levels high and           brains powered.

8. Focus on each other's strengths and weaknesses.

9. Have a list of topics or concepts that you want to go over during       the session.

10. Get everyone involved!
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