Everyone has their preferred way of working, studying or preparing a project. While some learn better in a group, others retain knowledge more efficiently when they study solo. Group study can be a casual gathering of students focused on exchanging ideas and collaborating to finish a project; or it can be more serious and used as a way of improving academic performance before an exam or presentation. Individual or self-study is when a student works independently and only interact when they’re unsure or have a question. Whatever method is chosen is dependent on an individual’s character, timing, social skills and workload.
Motivates students to study – working with peers and figuring out problems together makes studying easier and keeps students on their toes. It also encourages healthy competition.
Helps clear doubts – sometimes a student needs reassurance from friends and help with understanding a concept in a more relaxed environment.
No procrastinating – meeting with friends to study means committing to a time, place and task at hand so there’s no room for dawdling!
Learning new ways of revising – being exposed to other students’ methods of studying can be a good influence and learning experience.
No more boredom and feeling lonely – after a while solo study can become boring and attention spans suffer so being with others eases this.
Less distraction – allows a student to completely focus on the subject at hand with no disturbance from others.
Choice of study environment – working alone means being able to choose where, from a library to the comfort of your living room.
Control over study schedule – everyone has their own ideal time to work so if you burn the midnight oil or prefer working when the sun rises, solo study is easier.
Too much talking and distractions – it’s very easy to start veering away from serious subjects and start chatting and socialising.
Different levels of understanding within the group – new students in the group might not be able to follow the discussion if they’re not on the same level of comprehension.
Meetings get rescheduled – if there are lots of people in the group, timings need to be planned around everyone’s schedule resulting in wasted time.
Less motivation – solo learners can get less motivated faster.
Easier to procrastinate – having the choice of a flexible schedule can lead to putting off studying and dealing with projects too close to deadline.
Difficulty in the understanding – studying alone means a student has to be confident in their understanding of the subject as there’s no one to ask or have a discussion with.