There are people who say they work best alone, and that’s all good. I understand because I’m one of them. But I’ve thought a bit on study groups, and I’ve found that they do have significant benefits.
For starters, it’s not always fun to work alone. No, seriously, working with other people makes even the most mundane of tasks a little more bearable.
You can get, and share, a variety of ideas on how to study effectively; how to remember something easily; how to solve a certain type of questions, etc, from a study group. And you can share materials; textbooks and past papers amongst yourselves. Not to suggest that y’all get stingy and don’t lend to other people outside the group. But you can bring materials from different sources together, so that you can all have a look at a variety of material.
Another thing; there are more chances of you remembering something you’ve discussed or even debated, with someone else. Imagine you’re answering a multiple choice question in an exam, and you’re torn between two answers. Then it hits you!
“I remember Mutale thought it was this, but when we checked in the textbook, it turned out to be this.” Boom! You have your answer. True story, it’s happened before.
On the days when you’re not in the mood to study, your group can push you to study. They’ll force you to participate, and hopefully pull you out of our unwillingness to study.
Okay, now that you’re on board with the idea, how exactly do you pick a study buddy, or people to be in a study group?
You need to be strategic when picking who to pair with, or to include in your clique.
Set your eyes on not more than five people. A study group with too many people is likely to be unproductive.
Pick people that you’re sure will show up for your sessions, or at least make every effort to be present. What’s the point of a study group, if members don’t come?
The people can be your close friends, but try to be serious when it’s time to be. A joke here and there is acceptable, as long as your study group doesn’t become one.
Try to avoid the goofy friends that you know for sure you can’t be serious with, especially when you’re all together. If you’re the goofy one, cultivate the spirit of discernment to know when to pop a story, and when to focus.