7 Benefits of Study Groups

benefits of study group

7 Benefits of Study Groups

When learning in college, many students enjoy the benefits of study groups.

Depending on the members and atmosphere, study groups can be either help a student grow or can pull a student down.

In today’s post, I discuss the potential advantages of joining a study group. Remember, though, that these advantages are only present in good study groups.

1. Procrastination Solution

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 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.

By joining a study group, you will have opportunity to observe a wide variety of study methods in action. After considering the pros and cons, you can improve your own study regimen by incorporating the best methods with your own.

In addition, you can help your other study members improve by sharing your favorite study tricks also.

5. Breaks The Monotony

Studying by yourself, especially for long periods of time, can become a monotonous activity.

However, by joining a study group, you can break this monotony… and learn faster!

Because of the social aspect of a study group, you will always have someone to discuss the topic with when you start struggling or find the topic tedious.

In addition, the auditory factor of study groups can help auditory learners and students who dislike the silence of studying alone.

If you find some class particularly tedious, consider joining a study group to make it more enjoyable.

6. Fill In Learning Gaps

Study groups provide an excellent opportunity to fill in gaps in your notes.

By comparing notes with other students, you can evaluate your accuracy, fix any errors, and get ideas for better note taking.

If, on the other hand, you are a great note taker, you can help other students who had note taking problems fix their mistakes and learn better techniques.

7. Practice for the “Real World”

Working with your peers in a study group gives you an excellent opportunity to hone your people skills.

After you finish college, you will often find yourself working with colleagues on projects in a very similar group dynamic.

If you come across a difficult situation in your study group, you can use it to practice your collaboration abilities.


Before you go and join a study group, remember that all groups are not created equal. Choose your companions carefully or study by yourself.

Have you joined study groups? What advantages of study groups have you experienced?

  • The group mentality if what I think makes it most effective. If you know that someone is relying on you, then you will do what you have to to get the job done.

  • The group perspective is what makes it work. Some folks just need that motivation. I don’t think though that it works for everyone.

  • My experience with study groups has been that of a room full of 8 guys distracting each other with Duke Nukem soundboards. That said, study groups can be very effective as long as everyone in the group is truly focused and not there just for the social atmosphere.

    I also definitely agree with your point on getting new perspectives. That, to me, is the main benefit of a study group. Also, groups help you catch up on things you missed in class.

  • A concise argument for becoming a member of an effective study group.

    Any study groups using a blog site to share info? Have any used “VoiceThread” as a sharing mechanism? Any recording their discussions to share with members that can’t attend a session (mp3)?


  • Group studies can really help students to be at their top form. It stimulates interest and increases confidence. Also effective group studies also improve classroom management strategies and helps in norturing sharing and learning collective efforts at the same time.Nice post!

  • Group study – a convincing way of learning. By group studying you can learn and can exchange the thoughts with other members. As per me – this is the newest study process where you can share your knowledge with other – by this way not only you can gather new things but also you can justify your knowledge. Thanks for sharing such a nice article with the readers. This will help the students a lot – I have tweeted this topic to my followers. Keep it up. 🙂

  • Reading this article really gave me another perspective on group studying. I have always loved study groups. I even would us this in my work environment, when we have meetings.

  • We often feel smart and may not feel how smart we are as a collective. I am here to tell you this is when I took my leave at the last opportunity to complete my academic career. We have common goals and aspirations, we are selfish however when in an academic setting we are open with a Flexible-Mind set we are up for bigger and better tasks. It took time in a wheelchair for me to reflect my relationship to others was critical for me. Yes.we are better,I mean me and my “Ego”,Ergo we will be all-right now!

  • It is most important to have access to a study group for p and personal relationships. I will have to work on this development more, myself.

  • I’ve never been in a study group since high school but I know I definitely need one now.

  • I have worked with study groups and I do find it a pleasure. The pleasure when you have some ground rules. No cross-talking. give the person the floor when speaking or asking a question. You may address people by their name or names to honor and respect of our group. Cell phones should be on vibrate or silent. Give a time to begin and a time to complete. We can ask for more time from the group or certain ones can stay after for more study. You may ask are there any we need to add?

  • I have not had any experience with any study groups yet in my life?!? probably sounds weird but when I was in high school my boyfriend was already graduated so I always studied at home. Not really studying with “him” but yet studying with him. hope that makes as much sense to you as it does to me.
    I do, however like social settings so I am sure I’m gonna be great at it!!

  • I have not joined a study group yet,cause am I’ve just started taking my classes on my degree course in computer science.None the less am yet to sort out serious people and we could probably start a study group.The benefits are innevitable

  • Starting a Study Group is a Great Idea. I wonder how to do this as being an online student? This will be an interesting process.

  • I really appreciated these 7 points. In point of view it facilities the learning process of many.

  • if noone has there who does not want to study in ur frnds
    then what i should do there
    alone stdy or with frnds

  • I just joined the study group today because I find it difficult to study alone ( I waste more time on a chapter while I still have to cover some subjects ). I’ve never had a study group before even in high school days. I was a lone wolf. I was an average learner who always pass a subject but still lacking on other chapter. I don’t want to be average anymore. This ain’t high school anymore so the study group is the only option, if you can’t find one, create one. Thank you all for posting an inspiring post.

  • I have never joined a study group even in community college. After reading this I am taking it into consideration. Lots of good reasons to do so.

  • I’ve never really been particularly social in the sense of study groups and I can admit it sounds both daunting and enterprising. So I am willing to work with a group of class mates to gain a better understanding of the material. Bring it on i am up for this… and look forward to working with you.

  • I never studied in a group in high school.But,I think this is an excellent idea.It’s a chance to hear others views on the same subject.And to help others understand the concept,if they are falling behind.I would always hope that if I was falling behind that I could get into one of the study groups to help me excel in my studies.I love this idea!

  • Study groups are very effective and help out when learning many subjects. This article does a good job explaining the importance of study groups and what benefits each person can get from being in them.

  • I have never been in a study group before but reading all the pro’s I may reconsider and fine myself a group.

  • Most definitely a positive way to study. I especially agree on getting a different point of view. I will give it a try.

  • I appreciate so much coz actually I didn’t enjoy group work but now I think its the best way to learn

  • Yes, I have joined study groups. What it helped me with the most, is new ideas, and new understanding. When others give their perspectives it helps me to understand someone else point of view.

  • I’m not fond of study groups for subjects where I’m confused. Seems counterintuitive yet I wind up helping everyone else.

    Studying around other people is different. I can study and can ask a question or have others ask questions.

    someone wanted to have a study group with me. Yet, he said he had cheated on homework with another student. That other student admitted they had split the homework up and shared the parts they did.

    I don’t want to study with someone who is cheating like that as I have trouble saying “no” even when I know it’s wrong. I’d rather not study with that person at all. I feel creeped out.

  • Suzie: Your story actually helps expand ideas to consider about study groups. If you are helping others when you meet, like you describe, you’re serving as a good group member. Congrats!

    Your story about working with students that cheated illustrates how a strong study group with enough members can help. A large enough group will act with them to put down their cheating and will insist that everyone does their own work. Splitting up tasks within the group helps to carry the load, but groups members should do their own assignments. Good rules for the group, that everyone agrees to, and are enforced go a long way to having a healthy study group structure.

    Elise, SpeedyPrep

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