Group Studying- How it can Help you

Students’ academic responsibility primarily revolves around studying the material assigned to them and retaining it as much as possible both for exams as well as for future reference. In this process, it is but obvious, that the studying, understanding and memorizing components are the major ones.

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If these things are done properly, the retention would come automatically,and if the retention improves, so will the marks in tests. There are various ways of studying the same thing.

  • Mostly same materials (or similar at any rate) are studied by students appearing for a particular test. However, at the end of the test, some perform better than others.The reason behind this is mostly the fact that the method in which the study was done by thestudents prior to taking the test was different for different students.
  • This article aims to provide you information about one method of studying that has been found to be very useful for many people. Group studying is not only effective, it also helps in retention much better than individual studying in most cases. In this article, we will look how to study effectively in groups.
  • The first step in group studying is forming the group. Obviously. Here are some pointers which will help you to form your study group in order to obtain maximum benefit from it:
  • There is no better way to initiate the process than by asking your classmates to help. You can talk to them and determine who else is interested in studying in groups. Invite them over to your place one evening and give it a shot. If it works out properly the first time, bingo! But if it doesn’t, don’t worry. There are ways to rectify problems.
  • If there are people who are disturbing and distracting the group ask them to stop doing so. Make sure you and everybody else is studying the required amount attentively and only then discussion about other topics is ensuing in the group (as it is bound to happen among students who are young
  • Determine what the goals of the study group are. Is there a test coming up that all of you need to prepare for? Is it that you want to genuinely improve and increase your understanding of the subject matter? Whatever the reason may be, clearly define it and make sure the group keeps it in mind while studying.
  • Determine who the leader of the group will be. That is not to say that person will be a domineering, controlling character. It just means that the leader will be the person responsible to ensure the group is studying effectively and achieving its goals (as defined in the last step).
  • Determine where and when you will meet. You need a place where you can spend a substantial amount of time together and obtain benefit out of it as well. So the place needs to be accessible and proper (large, airy etc). Also determine how often you can meet so that everyone’s schedule is accommodated.

If you think study groups are all effort and not much benefit, you couldn’t be farther from the truth. Here are some benefits you can draw from studying in groups:

  • More often than not, you will become committed towards not only your studies, but also your career and objectives in life in general. There are bound to be career-related discussions in a focussed study group. This will help you to ascertain your own career objectives and life goals and help you strive towards those.
  • Your marks will increase. This will happen if you and your group are doing things right. If you are studying stuff right, there is bound to be improvement in your performance in timed tests and this will be reflected in the marks you people obtain.
  • Your study habits will improve. You may be someone who can’t keep their concentration on the material at hand for more than 10 minutes. On the other hand, there may be someone in your group who studies very attentively. Naturally, you can pick up study habits and tips from that person.
  • Most important of all – you will enjoy your studies. There aren’t too many people who actually enjoy studying. Study groups are very effective in making studying enjoyable for them.

Tips to Form a Successful Study Group


I am Deepanjan Datta doing electrical engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Durgapur, India. I love to write, and develop software programs.