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The Power of Cooperative Study

Studying in groups is motivational and energizing. If you can’t muster up the impetus to open up your books and start to learn, then forming a group or joining a study group is the answer. A set time and place to meet with an assignment to complete before going makes you much more apt to get on top of your work. If your goal is to meet at the library or coffee shop and then open your books, there is nothing better than supportive peers to encourage you. You may not feel that biochemistry will ever let you in on its secrets, but your study group will help you figure it out. They will also let you know that they believe in your skills and abilities to accomplish anything you set your mind to. Your group will also help you by teaching you in a language that you might understand much better because it is more in your style than that of your professor or textbook.For some reason, we seem to be more open to learning from our peers at times. There is always an expert on the subject in question in the study group.

There is power in contributing to group goals. The sense of accomplishment and satisfaction you get from not only getting your own work done, but also knowing you are helping others learn and become successful is powerfully rewarding and will keep you returning to each group meeting. You will find the gratification and the stimulation so much more exciting than studying alone.

This is not something you need to do each and every day or evening. Your study group may choose to get together once a week or two to three times a week. Every group, depending on who comprises it, can make the group work to meet their specific needs. We will be posting some suggestions that work for most groups – but be creative and don’t be afraid to try new things.

Purpose of a study group

  1. To share information, knowledge and expertise about a course or subject
  2. To generate energy, motivation and commitment
  3. To provide structure and accountability to help you stay caught up on your studies
  4. Not to take the place of individual study
  5. Not to take the place of class


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