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Journey of a DPT Student

The Benefits of Group Studying

Published April 16, 2012 4:50 PM by Lauren Rosso

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.


Hi Lauren, I guess when it comes to studying in groups I still find my myself on the fence. I have always been the type of person that studies on my own usually late into the night, basically trying to cram with minimal distractions in the comfort of my own home. The only time that this seemed to change was during our Gross Anatomy class that we had this past summer, when we had 4 classmates to a cadaver and we were always constantly quizzing each other while in class, as well as coming back later in the evening to do another run-through of everything that we had seen. I have to admit that during that time I felt as though it was very beneficial and really made me re-think about my studying habits. However, I think that it was only because studying for Gross Anatomy was so different than my past courses over my college experience. Since that class I have gone back to studying on my own but my wife is also a DPT student who is a year ahead of me and she is always available to answer any of my questions.

I will probably always be the type of person that will study on my own just because I find it less distractable but if another class requires me to study like I did for Gross Anatomy then I might reconsider my study options.

Also as a side note, whenever our class plays intramurals together we always end up bringing up PT topics which ends up being very entertaining and helpful.

Benjamin Myers March 11, 2013 9:46 AM

Jennifer- glad I could help!  You'll quickly realize that your classmates keep you sane.  We're in Neuro right now (which is an entirely different beast than any other class I've had thus far).  There are definitely some parts that I have to study alone, but when it comes to the bigger clinical concepts, there just isn't a better way than to "talk it out" with someone.  

Good luck with school!  Despite all of my apparent gripes, I absolutely love it and I'm sure you will too.  All the best!

Lauren Rosso April 17, 2012 8:37 PM

Excellent advice. I'm going to be starting PT school in August and I've always been the solo-study type. It'll be good to have my other classmates to collaborate with. I'm looking forward to it!

Jennifer April 17, 2012 9:29 AM

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