Group study is a collaborative learning process where students work together to understand their lessons or course materials and retain the information gained. In a group study, students team up together to study, material, discuss topics, solve problems and help one another to learn.
In this article, let’s look at some of the things that make group study worthwhile as well as the bad side of it
The objective is to maximize learning by sharing knowledge, perspectives, and resources.
Group study traditionally takes place in person but with technology these days, students can also hold such studies online. It is also possible to have group study facilitated by a teacher.
Ultimately, the goal of group study should be to improve student learning outcomes and promote teamwork and great communication skills while providing an enabling environment for academic excellence.
Advantages of group study
Sharing of knowledge: Group study allows students to share their knowledge and learn from one another.
Improved motivation: Studying with other students can increase motivation levels and make the learning process more enjoyable.
Diverse perspectives: Group study provides an opportunity for students to hear different perspectives on a topic hence broadening the student’s understanding.
Improved time management: Group study helps students prioritize their time and focus on important topics.
Better recall: Students tend to remember information better when studying in a group.
Encourages teamwork: Group study helps students develop teamwork and communication skills that are valuable in the workplace.
Provides accountability: Studying in a group holds students accountable for their own learning and provides a supportive environment for success.
Feedback and criticism: Group study when done well provides students with the opportunity to receive constructive criticism and feedback from their peers.
Improved exam performance: Group study can help students prepare for exams by discussing difficult topics and reviewing important information.
Cost-effective: Group study is more cost-effective than individual tutoring sessions and can save students or parents money.
Disadvantages of group study
Time commitment: Group study requires a significant time commitment from all participants and that can be difficult to coordinate.
Slower pace: Group study may be slower than individual study, as it requires more time to discuss and review information to make sure that the participants are carried along.
Differing learning styles: Group study may not be effective for students who have different learning styles or prefer to study alone.
Distractions: Group study can be distracting when you have students talking and socializing instead of focusing on the material.
Lack of structure: Oftentimes group study can lack structure, making it difficult to stay on track and achieve goals.
Different levels of commitment: Group study can be challenging when students have different levels of commitment, causing frustration for those who are more dedicated.
Group dynamics: Group study can be impacted by negative group dynamics, such as conflicts and power struggles.
Ineffective leadership: A group study can be ineffective if one or more participants do not take a leadership role, resulting in disorganization and a lack of direction.
Reduced concentration: Group study can reduce concentration levels, as students may be distracted by their environment or study mates.
Unequal contributions: It can become a challenge when some students are not contributing to the study.
In summary group studying can be effective regardless of people’s socioeconomic status or whether they’re put into a group with the same people throughout the year. However, the advantages of this active learning environment are only observed when it is done right.
Group size, how groups are assigned and how the teacher manages the groups can have both a positive and negative impact on learning. Due to the potential disadvantages, some research suggests that group work should only be used in moderation by allowing simpler tasks to be completed individually and more complex tasks to be completed in groups.
I hope this article was helpful as well as interesting.