Because study groups meet at regular times, attending students cannot procrastinate.
If alone, a student might postpone studying until the night before class. When in a study group, however, students have to be present at a specific time, and they are not able to procrastinate (unless they skip the study group completely).
If you struggle with procrastination, a study group might just be the solution for you! 2. Learn Faster
Working together, students in study groups can generally learn faster than students working alone.
For instance, some part of the textbook that seems completely confusing to you could be quite clear to another student. In a study group, instead of spending valuable time puzzling over the difficulty, you can learn quickly by simply asking a question.
In addition, you can help your fellow students also when they have difficulties understanding something that you do understand. 3. Get New Perspectives
If you study by yourself, you will always see your material from the same perspective – yours.
While this may not be a problem, getting fresh perspectives on a topic can help you learn it more thoroughly.
Study groups are the perfect places to find these new perspectives. As you listen and ask questions, you will soon start noticing a wide variety of different viewpoint on the same idea.
This will force you to think more about your position and will, therefore, develop your critical thinking skills while helping you study. 4. Learn New Study Skills
In addition to learning new perspectives on a topic, you can also find new study techniques.
During the college years, each student develops his own particular study methods. While yours may work excellently, you probably can still find ways to improve your learning abilities and sharpen your mind.