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When learning, many people enjoy the benefits of study groups. Forming study groups is a very effective strategy for enhancing learning. This is because groups share unique insights and learn from each other. Group members can also teach confusing concepts they understand themselves, to other group members. Study groups are particularly effective for completing projects, developing presentations and preparing for exams. The following are advantages of study groups and the strategies for making study groups effective.

Improve Your Notes and Annotations: Comparing notes allows participants to fill in any information they may have missed. They also provide a rich addition to the Annotation Tool, and together can increase the reading experience.

The Procrastination Solution: Because other people are involved and help hold you accountable, procrastination is less likely.

Learn Faster: In a study group, instead of spending valuable time puzzling over a difficulty, you can learn quickly by simply asking a question.

Cover More Material: Working in groups makes it possible to focus on more concepts, since multiple people can survey more material than just one.

Sharing Talents: Since everyone has individual talents and unique insights, group members can learn from each other.

Support System: Learning or improving a profession while trying to earn a living can be very stressful, so it is advantageous to seek support from people in similar situations that can provide you support.


Every member of a study group should actively participate. A great way for each member to contribute is to assign specific topics and have each member instruct the group. Try having the presenter use PowerPoint and other illustrations, create and shared notes for the group to retain. Teaching is a great way for individuals to retain information. Assigned tasks and group projects are also a great way to learn new material.