Group Study – Advantages & Disadvantages

Nowadays with the enrichment in the education and technology, the pace of learning has been varying and proceeding. This time required skill set is including not only high grading marks but also demanding for acquiring practical knowledge with enhancing the intellectual abilities of students. Now individuals ought to open-minded approach, practical facts and clear concepts in such a competitive environment. This is the thing that can acquire fast also with studying in the group. While studying in a single room and memorizing the syllabus can help you to be intelligent but won’t able to enhance cerebral aptitudes.

When you are studying in a group and discussing several topics, you will learn from different interpretations and elucidations. Several benefits have been experienced with the group study even though every coin has its two sides which cannot be unheeded. So let’s discuss its pros and cons.

Group Study Advantages:

  1. Better Learning and Understanding:

In the group study, students divide their subjects and topics for further discussion that makes them studying in profound from different sources. This learning method ensures in-depth subject knowledge and cross questions with explanation provides better learning and understanding.

  1. Enhanced group discussion and communication skills:

In a group, every student get equal chance to escalate their knowledge, presentation and opinion about a particular topic with team members. This exercise helps students to set back with their introvert nature and develops group discussion and communication skill.

  1. Bring Consistency in Study:

In the group study, every team members have to follow a particular time, subjects and topics that bring regularity in the study and avoid procrastination.

  1. More resourceful, More reliable and More Productive:

Whilst working as a team, it is found that it raises the complete efforts to make sure of quality output. Additionally, more team members mean that more resources to study and more ideas to explore. If in case, someone missed the work due to any of reasons the study will continue with the support of other members. This indicates that the group study is more resourceful, more reliable and more productive.

  1. Exchange of Quality Information:

Every team member has a different opinion, suggestion and ideas which are considered and thoroughly discussed before concluding any statement. This escalates smooth and effortless communication in the group ensures information exchange with maintaining quality.

  1. New approaches, methods and perspective:

The team members in the group have their own perspective that represents a new approach and showcases alternative study method. This creates high energy environment for the study that motivates the student to study hard and grasp the best as per his/her own preferred approach.

  1. Boosts Confidence

The regular practice of study, presentation, analysis, explanation develops an open-minded approach that boosts up the confidence. Because confidence boosts up with enhancing knowledge and skills of an individual.

We have analyzed that study groups have various advantages in their own way. This makes group study successfully however subjected to follow discipline, regularity, rules and regulations. In the failure, it leads to some disadvantages that inculcate;

1. Unnecessary Talks and Gossips:

It is difficult to create study environment, discipline and concentration without the involvement of any mentor. In a group, a small topic of fun can extend for hours and students can indulge themselves in unnecessary gossips. In this situation, it is suggested to students to restrict themselves in self-discipline and create groups only with the aim of the study.

2. Time Restriction:

If you have to study in a group, you need to schedule your time as per other team members. Sometimes, it is good as it brings regularity while sometimes it is really difficult to match up the time with others.

3. Distraction:

Some members of the group can create a distraction in one and many forms that can disturb other members too. This situation can be deal by allotting time period to study or can keep some penalty cause of explaining the most difficult section of the chapter.

4. Conflicting Topics

Every individual member of the team has his own understanding and learning style that might be not suitable for others to consider. Sometimes, it is difficult to accept others ideas and suggestion that may create internal or external conflicts among members.

5. Decision Making Takes Times

In the group, it is really difficult to conclude a single statement because of the difference in views. It is difficult to convince others for a single opinion and thus, decision-making takes times.

Natasha M. McKnight

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