Study Groups: Fun in Learning
Study groups are useful and fun, there’s even a hit TV show about them. They can help us learn more, focus better, and make friends. Best friends and business partners can come out of study groups. You don’t want to miss this opportunity! So here’s a little list of things to think about in picking (or even starting) a study group.
- Don’t be shy. It can be a little nerve-wracking walking up to a handful of people, but the moment you say hi, you are part of the group. Smile and get to know your new partners!
- Choose your group wisely. Find a group that motivates you and makes you smile. Connect through the student who sits up front and raises her hand often. And make sure it’s small enough to schedule and participate in, around three to five people.
- It’s okay to not know. When we’re in a study group, we’re learning. So use this safe place to ask questions. Quite often, a peer’s explanation is much easier to understand than your professor’s explanation. So prepare each week by reading the cursory material and writing down what confuses you. Listen to your study group and write down what helps for review later.
- Show off what you know. Your partners are going to come in with their own questions, so prepare to answer. If you found a good trick in remembering something, share it with the group.
- Really talk about the topics. Get into friendly discussions about what you are studying. Your understanding is going to get a lot deeper when you talk and debate about the details.
- Don’t skip. I know it’s not easy. How many of us have lapsing gym memberships? But it’s important to be consistent with your group. They say after a month, you will be in the habit and won’t feel that nagging urge to stay on the couch. So commit for a month and you will soon learn that your study group will become your can’t miss event for the week.
- Keep your energy up. Take breaks and eat snacks during the long sessions to give your energy a little boost. Also, the best study group partners bring cupcakes to share!
Study groups are the most effective way not only to learn, but also to immerse yourself in the college life. At LA ORT College many instructors encourage and support students to study together. They will go the extra mile and help set up and mentor student groups. Groups will meet on campus after class hours, at each other’s homes, during the weekends, at local library or parks. By helping students form study groups the teachers at LA ORT College create a more relaxing learning environment so you can make friends, learn better, and create a network of close friends who could be helpful in success of your professional life in the future.
Learning can be fun if you want it to be. Study groups connect you with other career-minded people like yourself! Mix fun and learning and get started on one of the many opportunities available at an ORT college in Los Angeles near you. The programs are short-term, easy to schedule, and will provide you with all of the tools for success. Contact one of our colleges in Los Angeles near you today and you’ll find all kinds of student services and financial aid at the ORT colleges in Los Angeles. From design and pharmacy to business, ORT offers many programs opening the doors to your dream job. Your future starts now!