Studying can be hard work, but working with other students can keep your studies on track and help you crack top scores in tests. There are plenty of reasons why working with a study buddy is a good idea. Here are just a few areas where having a study partner can help you.
Working alone makes it easy to put off revising or completing your latest assignment. However, if you have promised someone else that you will study with them for a few hours, it is much harder to opt out. A study buddy keeps you accountable and can also get you motivated when the going gets hard.
2. Sharing skills
Pairing up with someone gives you the chance to learn from their skills and experience. Perhaps you are good at sorting statistics and your buddy is better at writing clear sentences to explain them. Working together helps both of you develop your weaker areas. Explaining things to someone else improves your own knowledge of a topic so there’s an added bonus!
3. Sharing the load
Working as a team can reduce research and note-taking time. If an assignment requires library research, split it with your study buddy and then compare notes. A word of warning though – make sure that even though you are sharing research your final work is original as you don’t want to lose marks for plagiarism.
When you are revising for an exam, the only way to really check that you know your stuff is to do a practice test. Testing yourself makes it easier to cheat. But with a study buddy, you can test each other. Use flash cards you’ve prepared, swap essays or create mock exam questions and correct each other’s work.
5. Practical support
Working with a study buddy gives you flexibility. Like, when you miss a class, your partner should be able to help get you up to speed. You can also submit assignments for one another in case of illness and set up reminders about deadlines or exam schedules to keep you organised.
Once you have decided that a study buddy is a good idea, you need to find a good one.
The most obvious place to look is within your own course. You will be studying the same subjects and you will probably already know a little about the people in the class, which will help you choose the most suitable person.
If you can’t find someone in your class then ask your lecturer or tutor to link you up with a suitable partner.
If you are studying by distance learning or an online course, you can still find a study buddy. Sometimes support groups are included as part of the course. But if not, you can approach one of the other students directly and use email or social media to keep in touch.
Look for a study buddy that you get along with, but who won’t distract you. You want to feel comfortable spending time with a person – however, that time shouldn’t all be spent on Facebook!
You should also try to find someone who matches your academic level. Too advanced – and you might find yourself falling behind and becoming de-motivated. Too far behind – and you will end up spending all of your time teaching and not learning.
It’s never too early or late to find a study buddy. So whether you are just starting out or have exams looming, pick your study buddy now!