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Teachers often assign group projects or instruct students to work together with their peers in order to better understand the material being taught. For some students, this is not an enjoyable activity, and might feel that they can study better on their own. However, working together in a group can be a great way to see things differently, through the eyes of another. As long as each student is contributing within the group and is willing and eager to learn, it can be very beneficial to all members.
Being part of a study group is also useful in case one member is ill or unable to attend school on a specific day. The other group members can help that person understand what was missed, so that he or she won’t fall behind in study. Brainstorming together is a good place to start when working on a project or difficult assignment, so that each person in the group can share ideas and show what strengths they possess. When preparing for a test, groups can quiz one another to make sure every idea that will be covered on the exam is well understood by all. When one person is trying to organize a group to work together on homework or projects, it’s smart to make sure all potential study partners are on the same page as far as how often the group will meet, what will take place during meetings, and how work will be assigned.
Allowing others to lead the discussions may open the eyes of others’ to new ideas and better understanding. Working together can definitely help students to be more successful in difficult classes.