Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Study Groups

Never been a big fan of study groups because they always seem to turn into gossip sessions instead of productive time to learn. Although a couple of weeks ago, a few us tried to get together and it worked well for the sessions we met. However, now a couple of people decided to make it an open invitation for anyone who wants to join us. FYI, when a study group hits double digits in attendance, it is no longer is a study group. It has now morphed into an accumulation of people wasting time with different ideas of how to accomplish the same thing.  

Where are my flashcards?

10 comments:

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

Yeah, I hear that. I have studied alone for all my life since your experience with study groups mirrors mine. Nothing gets accomplished that I find helpful so I don’t participate either.

A Doc 2 Be said...

Study groups, imo, are similar to the individual who is failing the course and failing to do the homework asking, "Can I study with you?"

um. no.

Still perfecting my non-response.

MamaDoodle said...

I'm not a fan of study "groups" but I do like studying in the presence of a friend who is studying the same thing. I think this only works if we have an agreement about how much socializing will happen and when. I find it immensely helpful to have someone to talk through some of the difficult concepts but, like you, want to avoid the social event that is the study group.

Cartoon Characters said...

I had never heard of "study groups" until I started reading blogs.

I've always just knuckled down and did the dirty work...all by myself.

NP Odyssey said...

LHO, AD2B, MD, and CC, funny the little bit older generation (including me) has the same opinion of study groups.

rnraquel said...

Yes, the larger the study group, the less learning is accomplished :)

Dana said...

ohh i hated study groups on school. and seriously, it's always the least prepared person that tries to coordinate it. No you can not just steal my notes or flashcards and call that a study session!

Candi said...

Ok I am disagreeing. For my last year of pre-reqs, in Micro & A & P, I had a study partner & it did wonders for both of us. Our second semester for A & P we added one more person & the three of us rocked it out. I'd say study groups should really be no larger than 4 people & those 4 people really need to be committed to learning. But really 3 is the ideal number and two works JUST fine.

Zazzy Episodes said...

I have a group of 3 that works well! We have one guy that is super-oober smart and he leads the group by teaching us what we don't know that well. That's the way he learns and he needs more submissive group members and the rest of us are happy to have a leader reinforce the ideas. However earlier this semester we had invited another student who clashed with our guy b/c they wanted to lead and it just didn't work out. They got the boot. Good for you if your group helped, but I agree if you don't find the right fit, groups aren't very productive.

A Doc 2 Be said...

Ahem... where are you?!?!?

Buried I suppose. Just dropping by to say hi and I hope you're doing okay!