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Self Study vs Group Study - Which one to choose?

Self Study vs Group Study - Which one to choose?

Each and every student has his/her own studying preferences, styles, patterns and ways depending on his/her level and way of understanding the things. In a way, some needs a quiet and stress-free environment and prefers to study alone, on the other hand, some prefer discussions and loves to study in groups!

One can absolutely not comment on which way is the best way to study but what matters is which way suits you and bring out results and improves your performance. Based on some detailed research, here are some pointers that one has to keep in mind (pros and cons) when studying alone and when preferring peers to learn things.

Self study

  • Enables to study at your own pace

In the case of self study, the student learns at his/her own pace. One can learn the things he wants or likes. One can read or reread the topics he wants to stress upon and can focus more on the topics he is struggling with. Studying in solitude helps to retain your attention on the study material and enables to set your own targets depending upon your pace of learning.

  • Enables to focus on the topics you want to master.

Every student has his/her own problematic areas. There are some topics on which you master but then there are certain topics that make you shiver. Therefore you need to focus on your weak areas and no doubt you can strategically spend time on the topics that need your focus.

  • Enables to go for a distraction-less study.

Sometimes, in a group topic of discussion shifts from the focus and you end up with wasting time. When you study in solitude, there won’t be any distraction and you would be able to retain your focus.

Group study

  • Enables to retain more

No doubt, when there is a large amount of material or syllabus to cover, it becomes difficult to study and retain the things. In that case, studying in a peer group always helps. It is always easier to retain those topics, which other person explains and when you listen to it, again and again, it gets reinforced in your mind and helps you to learn.

  • Enables you to expand access to the material and information.

When you study in peer groups, there is always sharing of information, ideas and materials, which is definitely going to expand your access to the information, notes and materials. In this way, you can save your time and increase your wealth of knowledge.

  • Enables you to keep yourself motivated.

Studying in peer groups boosts your motivation levels as you learn to work as a team. You succeed by learning from your friends and peers, and they learn from you. You can work together and learn in group tasks, group tests. After sitting for a quiz or a test, the question paper can be discussed as a team and weak students are benefitted from this discussion.

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