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Benefits of Using Study Groups

Posted by Jade

One of the most effective ways to prepare for class discussions, tests and exams is by using a study group. Study groups provide a number of benefits to the learning process. As such, many college professors agree that group study enhances students’ performance.

 

Why does it work? In a group environment, you’re less likely to procrastinate and are also forced to become more organized. Group study also encourages you to explain things aloud. By speaking to and listening to others, you often improve on recall ability, or ability to remember information on test day. Group members have many perspectives and will always bring up ideas and thoughts you’d never considered.

 

Finally, you’ll likely find that the benefit of group study reaches far beyond good results on tests. It will build self-confidence that you can use for the rest of your life. Speaking to small groups will prepare you for speaking to larger groups in the future—or more official groups such as college admission panels or hiring boards for a job.

 

So go ahead and start building a group of like-minded students who share your goals for success and learn from one another!


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Tips for studying

Posted by Matthew

Learn what works for you. Do you like music or need complete silence? Do you study best at night or in the morning? Everyone one is different and requires a different atmosphere to study in. One thing is for sure though; studying is a MUST. And it doesn’t just start at home. Take really good notes in class and ask questions if something doesn’t make sense. Professors are more than willing to help out if you don’t get something and they love participation.


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Tips for Studying for Finals

Posted by Tanya

Studying for tests and finals has never been easy for me. I find it hard to concentrate or end up putting off studying until the last minute. In order to do better in my classes and on my tests, I had to seek out different study methods. I never thought that I could fall in love with index cards but found that for me, they really work!

 

What I do is first, rewrite my notes in a shorthand format onto index cards, and then, as I am studying my flash cards, tell myself little tricks so that I can remember the material. For example, if I am learning about a communication theory, the name of the theorist might rhyme with something, or the steps to negotiation might stand for a funny sentence. The earlier you start studying, the better. I am a visual learner as well, so if I can draw it or make it into a diagram, it really helps. When you are in college, you have to explore what kind of studying works best for you, whether it is reading, writing, drawing, or talking out loud. And if studying alone is not your thing, try studying with a partner and teaching each other not only the material, but why it is important and how it relates to what you are studying. These simple steps can make all the difference in the world.


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