Study Groups Could Be Your Key to Success19 January 2016
The general rule of thumb for studying in college is two to three hours outside the classroom for every one hour you are in the classroom. That is a decent amount of time spent with your nose in the books, researching online, taking practice exams, or completing assignments. Although many students may enjoy tackling homework or preparing for exams by themselves, Pioneer Pacific believes that study groups are a great way to help students stay organized, complete homework promptly, and keep you focused on achieving goals. Study groups also provide the opportunity share other perspectives on a subject allowing you to dig deeper into coursework. Here are a few reasons why you should start or join a study group on your PPC campus today!
We all do it sometimes, but when you procrastinate by putting off studying for a test or wait until the last minute to complete an assignment you impact your ability to retain course information which can cause grades to suffer. Being a part of a study group can hold you and your classmates accountable for completing assignments and studying in a timely manner. Having a set weekly or bi-weekly time for your group to meet is a great way to make sure you have the time set aside to complete your coursework instead of cramming it in at the last minute.
See New Perspectives
During class discussions, you will hear different perspectives on certain topics and ideas. When you are studying alone, you are potentially limiting your understanding of information since you are working from one perspective, yours. Now, this isn’t a bad thing but, hearing other people’s perspectives can help you understand information more in depth. In your study group, you can compare and contrast different ideas and dig deeper into understanding topics as a whole instead of just the surface.
Real World Practice
As a student you may not get to interact with people in a professional setting on a regular basis. Study groups are a great way to help you practice interacting with groups of people that are working to achieve goals. You have the opportunity to hold serious discussions, bounce ideas off of each other, and develop strategies, all of which are skills that you will need to use when you start your career. These skills can also be used on your resume to show employers that you have practiced and are capable of collaborating with a team.
Maybe a joining a study group is what you need to be successful in one or all of your classes. Find out by joining or starting a study group on campus. You can do so by starting a sign-up in your classes or asking a few friends to get together to focus on a specific assignment. Don’t forget to reward yourself in the end for a job well done!