by Guest Blogger Laura H.
Studying alone and studying in a group both have their advantages and disadvantages. But what are the pros and cons of each?
The biggest downside to studying alone is that, well, you’re alone. A huge advantage of studying in a group is there are people around to push you through bouts of boredom or lack of inspiration when writing essays. Groups can also help you through particularly long nights of studying. If I know I have to study for more than 3 hours on one paper or test, I usually prefer to study in a group. That way, I am able to ask those my classmates for help if I need it.
When studying, one should take at least a 5 or 10 minute break every hour. Use this time to stretch, watch a funny video on YouTube or go on a walk. It may be tempting to skip the study break and work for hours on end, but the small break every hour enables you to maintain purposeful focus for longer periods of time. Physically, your body needs a break as well; your brain will retain clarity with the break from the computer screen, and your back won’t tighten up from hours in the chair.
While sitting with others can be helpful, studying alone is more advantageous when you have a very specific, deliberate task ahead of you and can’t afford to be interrupted. If, for example, you have a reading quiz in your 8 a.m. class and it’s 10 pm the night before, studying alone can help you focus on what you are reading..
Overall, the homework assignment or project may dictate with whom you work. It’s up to you to decide what’s best for your particular situation.