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Group learning

20 Nov

Someone queried recently what the value is of people getting together to study if they are all studying different things. Yet, people do get together either as a group or just by sharing space, such as in a library. While it might just seem like a convenience it can also be motivational to surround yourself with like-intentioned people. The other benefit of group study is that a lot of what we learn and achieve when we study is common ground regardless of the content. We learn to think critically, edit, draft and re-draft, use technology, share with other people, present our work, debate our work, celebrate triumphs and commiserate set-backs, deal with our fears, our imposter syndrome and find ways of coping with feedback – by sharing with people who remind you of all the positive bits you might have missed. The benefit of group study is that even if your course is online or external and you never get to meet your lecturer and fellow students, you can find other people who are studying nearby and take the journey together.

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