Updated: Oct 14, 2020
Hey fellow students! Today, Math Lobby will be talking about why organizing study groups with friends or fellow classmates is such an important thing to do. We believe that many teachers in schools might have mentioned it, but do you know what is the point of creating and being in a study group? And how do all these benefit you? Let’s find out!
In Singapore’s education culture, there generally tends to be two types of students, for simplicity sake, let’s just name them student A and student B. The first type, student A, is the kind which they are self-centered and do not like sharing information that they know with others, keeping their notes to themselves and only do work that will benefit them.
On the other hand, the other type of student, student B, is the kind that loves to engage in group activities during lessons, always listening to the opinions of others and will not hesitate to voice out his or her own opinions to ask for constructive feedback, driving the whole group to learn as a whole. So, what are the differences between these two types of students?
Let’s begin with student A. Such students might excel on their own and be satisfied with their accomplishments, but the lack of interpersonal skills like teamwork and communication will hinder their progress when they first step into the society in the future. Even if they hold a high position in their future career, they will encounter a lot of disagreements with their subordinates and their self-centered nature will cause them to be unwilling to compromise, hence leading to unmotivated workers and an inefficient work environment.
However, people who are like student B are team players, always ready to actively listen to the input of others and never once put them down for their opinions regardless of how irrelevant it might seem. Treating others in the group with respect and is willing to bow down lower to aid weaker students in the process of learning. Such students will excel in communications and interpersonal skills, hence regardless of academic results, they will be portrayed in a positive light and be well-liked by their superiors and subordinates.
So, which student would you like to be? A or B? I believe majority of you will choose to be student B, but how can you start on this journey into becoming a better student, a better person for your future self? Begin by joining or creating study groups!
Study groups are extremely beneficial towards students regardless of age or academic level. It can help to remove procrastination (especially if you are one that is easily distracted), strengthen your interpersonal skills through insightful discussions with your fellow classmates, it can even open your eyes to new and interesting perspectives you have never even thought of before!
Being in a study group helps to eliminate procrastination by ensuring that you are constantly staying engaged on the topic, pushing you to go along with the flow of the topics in discussion and to give and offer feedbacks when prompted to. Many students face the problem of procrastinating when studying alone. Therefore, being in a study group session with your friends will allow them to remind you to remain focused and keep the hand phones aside! Math Lobby has written an article to teach students how to deal with procrastination. Be sure to check it out!
Study groups can also help you to improve your interpersonal skills through active engagement with the members of the group, sharpening your abilities of face-to-face interaction and confidence in speaking to a group of people. These skills will definitely give you an edge in the future when you are asked to do a presentation during a meeting, or perform a brief introduction about yourself to your new colleagues.
Other interpersonal skills which you might gain include learning to be a team player – encouraging your peers to stay on track and going through the journey with them, leadership – know when you should take charge when the group is in a mess and patience – a good interpersonal skill to have when we are faced with such fast-paced and hectic lifestyle in the modern society.
Lastly, study groups can also open your eyes to new perspectives and fill in the gaps of your notes during the discussion. For example, maybe you are stuck on a particular concept and have no idea how to go around it, but someone in the group offers their perspective on the topic and you have a completely new method to visualize the concept and put it into your notes to fill in the gap.
Being receptive of other people’s input is a very important skill to develop and through participating in study groups, it can allow you to learn much faster since there’s a wide variety of perspective to view from. Remember: Two brains are better than one! (Or in this case, as many brains as the number of people in the study group!)
In conclusion, study groups are indeed useful for students to learn faster, and also pick up new skills that will benefit you in the future. So, what are you waiting for? Create a study group and grab your friends to join in! Be sure to check out our Facebook page and Instagram page if you need any help. For more inquiries, contact Math Lobby at www.mathlobby.com! As always: Work hard, stay motivated and we wish all students a successful and enjoyable journey with Math Lobby!
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