You’ve dropped ‘social life’ from your vocabulary, spent your every night engaged in private study, you’ve focused until you head explodes in class, you’ve hired an awesome online tutor but still, the stress is getting to you and you just can’t get a handle on the work.
It’s not you, millions and millions of students go through the same meltdown every year, as the pace and distractions of life, work and classes overcome them… and imminent tests loom on the horizon.
Don’t be dismayed, however, because there’s one study tool you haven’t tried yet, which might just be the answer you need: the miracle of partnered study. What’s more, online learning and social platforms like eurekly.com are making it a whole lot easier to partner up with like-minded learners from around the globe, in an inspired, relaxed and safe online environment.
To get you on the bandwagon, let’s take a closer look at what the real benefits of partnered study sessions are, here goes!
1. Tested and enhanced comprehension
Fact: a large percentage of learners are auditory learners, who absorb information easier when they’ve heard it explained out loud, as opposed to reading it on paper or a screen.
This is the reason why so many students have no trouble answering questions on topics covered extensively in class, but struggle to retain information learned alone, after hours. The stimulus of hearing and explaining course materials out loud, as in partnered study, is the perfect way for auditory learners to retain and comprehend the subject matter.
Communication of a subject, out loud, builds confidence and significantly enhances comprehension; even more so when that discussion is relaxed and on a student’s own terms, as it is when learning with peers as opposed to a lecturer.
The act of articulating and discussing learned points in a ‘social’ setting is the ideal way to test real-world comprehension of a subject.
2. Minimized exam anxiety
Students working alone may have a tendency to lose focus in the haze of their pre-test anxiety, spending hours stressing points and worrying about areas they’re unsure of.
Studies investigating the correlation between anxiety and test performance show that anxiety levels are directly proportional to retention levels and exam scores, with higher anxiety resulting in poorer scores and vice versa.
There are few substitutes for relaxed, partnered study, in this regard. When studying with like-minded learners, students have the opportunity to build each other up and absorb each other’s confidence in areas they excel in.
Each learner has his/her own areas of confidence and study sessions help anxious learners to benefit from the confidence of their peers. Peers impart peers with their own sense of confidence, in given areas of strength and ability.
3. Validation of learner comprehension
Oftentimes, learners arrive at an examination with a parrot-style knowledge of the material they’ve studied. They may have no trouble reciting the answers to obvious, clear cut questions, verbatim and as laid down in their textbooks. Yet, when it comes to challenging, laterally worded problems that require true comprehension and independent articulation, they fall short.
This is where partnered study is such a boon, as it provides the opportunity to articulate learned materials in a company, throw problems back and forth and ensure that learners are able to formulate an answer or explanation, even when the questions are asked differently.
Partnered study validates learner comprehension, even under pressure, and allows learners to meet their exam questions with a heightened sense of confidence.
4. Increased motivation & eliminated procrastination
The sense of obligation learners feel toward study groups or partnered study motivates them to arrive more prepared and remain more active throughout, thereby motivating them to study and eliminating the usual procrastination.
The obligation students feel to match or impress their peers often outweighs the obligation they feel toward pleasing their teachers. Not only do learners feel obliged to arrive at partnered study on time but they also feel obliged to engage and show that they comprehend the material in question.
While, studying alone, one might find it easy to slip onto social media, fall asleep or visit the fridge for the third time, this is not the case when learners are face to face with their peers in a pre-arranged study session, where they’re aiming to impress.
5. Faster learning process
Learning speed is further heightened by the fact that, in partnered study sessions, sticking points and problem areas don’t remain sticky for long. Ideas and explanations back and forth, between study partners with unique and diverse perspectives, allows learners to overcome those tricky areas faster.
When learning alone, students may spend hours researching and trying to get a handle on material that they’re struggling to comprehend or questions they’re unable to answer. Working on only one perspective, learners might find it challenging to reach conclusions on complex matters.
Adding a fresh perspective on the subject matter allows learners to eliminate the time and frustration involved in trying to tackle problems and reach sound conclusions alone. Two minds really are better than one.
6. New methods to sharpen study skills with
Along with diverse perspectives on the topics at hand, learners also have unique and varied study styles, methods and tricks.
Getting together with learners working on the same syllabus opens doors to new study methods, note-taking techniques, organizational tips and memory tricks that may help them retain and comprehend their work far easier in the future.
Learners may not only find these new techniques to be more effective but they may also find them fun, as diversity will break the monotony of their traditional, tired methods of retention. Furthermore, diverse study styles learned in partnered study can continue to help students well into the future, not just for the present course.
7. Peer competition
Students studying alone might have difficulty pushing themselves to learn faster and think more creatively about the problems at hand.
Partnered study promotes an atmosphere of healthy competition in which students will vie to be more efficient and comprehensive than their partner, pushing themselves far beyond what they would have been capable of alone.
Likewise, the additional perspectives acquired from a study partner will serve to enrich the students own perspective, inspiring them to try to validate and back up their own, initial opinions or even change them entirely… all thanks to the healthy desire to impress!
8. Enhanced interpersonal & professional skills
Studies of college anxiety statistics indicate that anxiety is a growing concern amongst college-level populations, with as many as 61% reporting anxiety as one of their major health concerns. Amongst the forms of anxiety suffered, social anxiety is a leader. Social anxiety can be a debilitating disorder that affects the education, career, lifestyle, relationships, and wellbeing of the sufferer.
Partnered study presents a unique opportunity for students to relax into a social situation on the premise of shared goals and active involvement in the tasks at hand. Social bonding, through a sense of common purpose, is bound to occur with regular partnered study sessions.
This is an invaluable tool for socially anxious learners who need to hone interpersonal skills, relax into company and gain confidence for future social calls, such as job interviews and even first dates.
Furthermore, study sessions mimic professional situations in which employees are asked to collaborate over a given task or problem, helping social anxious learners to prepare for the ‘real world.’
9. Making like-minded friends
On the topic of social anxiety, it’s alarming how many high school and uni students find it hard to meet, mingle and bond with fellow students in a purely social setting. For these individuals, the common-goal, collaborating experience of a study session is the perfect way to establish meaningful bonds with like-minded individuals, without the pressures and awkward silences of the average social setting.
Likewise, students who make friends easily can benefit from the experience of meeting passionate learners, like themselves, from across the globe. Oftentimes, study session partners, whether socially anxious or not, become fast friends, with meaningful relationships that continue long after the current course is done and dusted.
Ace your grades with free partnered Study Sessions on eurekly.com!
In light of the above, it’s easy to see that partnered study sessions might be just what you need to spice up your learning experience, renew your enthusiasm for the subject and, most importantly, ace those exams!
Thankfully, eurekly.com has now introduced 100% free, online partnered study sessions for Eurekly-ans, where students from diverse locations can meet over shared interest in a safe and secure online setting, as often as they want.
Here students from across the globe can search for like-minded learners working the same subjects and invite them to join free, live Study Sessions. Eurekly students get together to discuss ideas, share perspectives, troubleshoot problem areas and stay motivated, reaping the many benefits of partnered study.