Study Groups Encourage Cooperation versus Competition

  1. Competition can be inefficient. It breeds stress and it can strain relationships. Competition is not necessary for success in medical school and the relationships built studying cooperatively and celebrating success together are priceless. Cooperative learning fosters support, caring and healthy living. People can get more done by sharing their skills and resources than by working alone, leaving more time for leisure and developing creative aspects of your life.
  2. Working as a cooperative group allows each group member to learn from another person's perspective rather than become boxed into their own thinking/ learning style. It allows for insight into concepts and ideas that one person alone cannot conceive. It allows for discussion and exploration of application of knowledge on a deeper level than you might reach on your own. Working as a group will bring in multiple individual experiences with illnesses to get more personal insight into disease processes.
  3. Working as a cooperative group promotes saving time in collecting resources and consolidating information. It is a very effective means of being thorough in a short amount of time. What is done in and for the group stays in the group, creating a tighter bond. If it is decided to share materials beyond the group, it should be a collective decision and not the decision of one individual in the group.

 


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