I had spoken to a few students about study groups. One student mentioned that she is skeptical about being in a study group; especially because the study mates might not be productive. One other student mentioned that he studies on his own; but meets his group on certain days to ask questions to comprehend sections that he could not understand while he was studying on his own.
Initially, I had the same mentality as the first student. However, after considering what the second student said, I figured that study groups might actually be more effective than I thought!
In the previous post, I mentioned that had started pre-reading and listening more attentively during lectures. During those three months, I did have questions to ask on the theory - for more understanding and clarity. Unfortunately I could not ask all my questions during the lecture; because I was not the only student who had questions; and the lecture had to go on. Moreover lecturers' consultation times are limited and clash with other lecture times.
I think being in a study group would be a great platform for all study mates to come together and help each other answer unanswered questions using the relevant textbooks. We could also have discussions and help each other understand concepts in the textbooks that we may have had difficulty understanding. It may be more beneficial for study mates to focus on a chapter/(s) or a topic/(s) covered on that particular day.
I'm definitely considering being in a study group.
Do you have a study group? Are you considering to be in one?
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