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5 benefits of studying in a group and why it works so well

Written by Nuskha Semaun on 5 November 2023 for Graduates

Collective study has grown in popularity over the last decade. Students gather in a particular place, such as a library, to sit together in silence and study – sometimes with hundreds of people in the same room. What are the advantages of studying together? Why does it work so well? And where can you find a good study space? That’s what we’re going to explore in this blog post.

For many students, finding the motivation to start studying and staying productive during long periods of study is no easy feat. When you’re supposed to be preparing for exams, literally everything else seems more tempting. Browsing social media, watching endless YouTube videos, even thoroughly cleaning your entire room – anything to avoid doing what you dread! For people who find it difficult to motivate themselves, studying together can be a lifesaver.

It’s all in your head

There are two aspects of psychology that play a role in the effectiveness of collaborative learning: mimicry and accountability.

The psychology of mimicry suggests that we find it easier to do something when we see someone else doing the same thing. As humans, we like to be part of a group, a community. So if you’re surrounded by peers hitting the books hard, you’ll find it easier to buckle down and study.

According to the psychology of accountability, we behave differently when we are observed by others. If our friends or fellow students can see us, we’re much less likely to pick up our smartphones or put on an episode of our favourite TV show. We’re more inclined to stay focused when we’re being held accountable. And it’s not just about being watched – we don’t want to be a distraction to others either, do we?

5 advantages of studying in a group

1. Structure & Social Accountability

As mentioned above, studying together provides structure and social accountability. You don’t have to worry about scheduling your day: you arrive at the start of your study time and leave at the end. And because you’re all together, you’re more likely to stay focused and resist the urge to procrastinate.

2. More motivation

According to the psychology of mimicry, if you see your friends working, you’ll be more motivated to get to work and stick with it. Peer pressure isn’t always a bad thing!

3. Getting help

When you’re studying in a group, there’s always someone to help you if you get stuck. If you don’t understand something, you can ask one of your classmates for guidance. You can also help others. When you explain something to someone else, your brain makes new associations, so you will actually remember the material better yourself!

4. No procrastination

If you study together, you can arrange to meet your friends at a certain time. Or if you are late, the library may be full. This encourages you to get up on time and get started. The new season of your favourite show will still be on Netflix when study time is over!

5. Better mental health

“De blok” – the time before exams – is traditionally a time of stress and feelings of isolation. By studying in a group, you can alleviate some of these negative feelings. Being surrounded by a social network where you can ask questions and see that others are going through the same thing does wonders for your sense of belonging. And you can take breaks together, which makes it all the more enjoyable. When you come to the Exellys study room, you can even have a chat with one of our certified coaches if you need to talk.

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