The major purpose of group study is to help one other in areas of weaknesses. Nobody can be the master at all things. A genius in Mathematics may be an average student in Biology, Chemistry or Civil Education. Whether he likes Biology or not, he must make at least a credit pass in his WAEC result to be accepted into any reputable higher institution. Hence the need for group study in the life of students is immensely paramount.
One must take note of the fact that in life,many things are created but some of this things never serve the true purpose of their creation. Study groups consists of three types of people:
1)The Unsettled students: this group of students who are friends or acquaintances, come together to pretend like their studying and spend the whole study period discussing irrelevant issues, gossiping,sleeping or watching movies.
2) The Serious students:usually comprises of the best students in the class in different fields,coming together to learn from one other.
3)The serious and unsettled Students: comprises of those willing to learn and those unwilling to study. This group is usually created by teachers who know the academic ability of each student. This helps a lot, because due to peer influence, the serious students might help the unsettled ones to make headway in their academics. Care should be taken though, so that proper balance is maintained and the “unsettled” students do not overwhelm the serious ones.
What are the Advantages of Group Study?
The advantages are numerous as you can imagine. I’d highlight a few.
1) Encourages Teamwork: TEAM( Together Everyone Achieves More) Teamwork divides effort and multiplies effect. No man is an island of knowledge. One’s weakness might be the strength of another and vice versa. Students need to understand from an early age that team work is the key to achieving greater goals.
2) It helps to maintain focus: Children have over-imaginative minds and tend to day dream or “switch off” during a boring lecture. During group study, they come together and encourage one another to study harder. When one person is confused or losing focus, there will be someone to lift him up. This is one of the main reasons why in weight loss programs, everybody is encouraged to get partners with similar goals and aspirations. Studies have shown that this is a great motivation to people,both young and old.
We will discuss the possible disadvantages of group study shortly.