The Benefits of Group Studying
I'll be the first to admit that I've recently put on a solo effort when it comes to studying. I'm not sure if it's old habits dying hard or if I function better on my own, but after anatomy ended last summer, I gradually started to avoid group studying. Part of it was time constraints, but a bigger part was feeling completely unprepared to get into discussions about the information we were covering. I don't know when I started to feel insecure about being confused because I didn't realize it was happening, but for the past three months it's been the driving force behind my avoidance of studying with classmates.
Maybe I'm getting over my hang-ups, or maybe I'm just bored with sitting in a silent library cubicle for hours on end, but for the past week I've reverted back to my old ways and I've been studying with my friends. Total game-changer. The academic conversations that sprout during study sessions not only help to clarify concepts, but they also make it much easier to remember the wealth of information that we need to cover for our finals. To everyone's benefit, the majority of my classmates are genuinely invested in understanding (not memorizing) the information we're exposed to in class. The greatest benefit is that more often than not, we're trying to connect the information with clinical scenarios, even if we're making them up as we go along.
If I could re-do the last three months, I definitely would let go of my insecurities and study in a group. I feel so much more confident with the information this time around and much less overwhelmed. Not to mention that it's nice to have people to laugh with from time to time rather than stressing out alone in the far reaches of the library. This might just be the way I keep myself sane in the next two weeks.