“A single stick breaks with ease. But a bundle of sticks is unbreakable.”

This saying makes us believe that anything is done better as a group. For the most part, this fact remains true. People enjoy doing things as a group. It is always more fun playing a game as part of a group, rather than alone. As a society too, man has achieved far more than anyone could individually dream of achieving.

However, while studying, is it really better to study individually or as a group? Studying as a group often means the opportunity to make new friends and tackle complex subjects strategically and through peer discussions. On the other hand, there are also some serious issues with studying a group which can make it seem rather unproductive. In the end, it’s always a personal preference. Here are a list of pros and cons of studying as a group that can help make that decision easier.

Pros

  1. Group and peer pressure allows you to maintain your study pace and motivates you to cover topics you would have normally put-off if you found them uninteresting
  2. The drive to study is always on a high level as you are surrounded by people in the same boat. This means that everyone needs to study the same things, and having some company that allows you to be productive is a huge plus!
  3. Peer discussions allow for more clarity on topics or subjects that might be unclear to some. Since every student is different, having an insight or knowing their perspective on learning a particular concept is great at retaining information.
  4. Study groups provide that small dose of being social during studies, which helps them relieve stress, vent out, clear doubts, and just be comfortable knowing students can relate with others during such a stressful time.
  5. Studying in a group can help break up any monotony that can develop while studying alone and this helps combat boredom as well as clear the mind.
  6. Studying in a group implies meeting in a location of choice, and the group could choose a refreshing setting such as a park or a quiet garden, which can help in keeping stress levels low.

Cons

  1. A study group with many students may be at the risk of being cancelled or re-scheduled often, which could result in falling behind on revision or children opting to learn by themselves.
  2. Too much socialising can turn the study group into a social-catch up, where there is more talk and less revision. Not only does this bring down the entire group's study pace, but also negatively impacts those who are keen on finishing a particular subject or topic.
  3. Trivial matters such as different opinions or different perceptions of a subject can lead to arguments, which can cause the group to waste time or even split over these perceptual differences.
  4. Many students may opt out of the study group, which could decrease the overall morale of the group, affecting their drive and motivation to study and achieve their desired results.
  5. If the study group fails to focus on your weaknesses for some reason, they remain ignored and time in which you can work on them is restricted.
  6. If other members in the group are slow in catching up, it might turn out to be unproductive.

These are just a few tips to improve your performance in exams, and increase your learning capacity. Cedarwood conducts an online workshop that can help students improve their performance in exam by showing them how to study more efficiently. You can check out the online workshop at https://cedarwood.co.in/workshops/study-smart-online-workshop. Apart from this, Cedarwood also helps organise home tutors in Pune along with after school programs for kids, which greatly aid in personality development for kids.