The Benefits of Study Groups

Study groups can benefit you if you’re looking for an outlet to help encourage better study habits. In fact, study groups can be a great way to supplement the material you’re learning in your classes.

Taking part in a study group can help you if you struggle with homework. They can help you connect with your classmates. Additionally, they’re a source of motivation to create new study habits. Read on to find out how study groups can enhance your studies and be a launching pad for your future.

Accountability Partners

It’s always easy to say, “Oh, I’ll just do it tomorrow,” when there’s no one to be responsible for but yourself. One way to ensure you follow through with your study plans is to have accountability partners. Study groups are perfect for finding others to help you stay on track and achieve your goals. However, finding the right partner(s) and defining the structure of your relationship is key to managing an effective and productive partnership. When looking for the perfect accountability relationship, finding people who are as committed as you, share similar values, and are available when you need them is a great foundation to help you pursue the right partnership

Making Connections

Most all students in higher education learn the value of making connections.  Being in a study group can be an easy way to connect with the people around you who have similar goals and shared interests. And it affords you the possibility of meeting others outside of your circle, which can have a positive impact on your journey. Don’t be afraid to use what you can as a springboard for conversation when getting to know someone. Small talk with new people is much easier when you have something in common. In fact, some of the connections you’re making now may be helpful for your career in the future. 

A recent study highlighted the positive effects of study groups. They encourage students to consider some of the many benefits their study outlined.


As the old saying goes, two heads are better than one. Some students learn faster when working with others. The exchange of ideas that comes from working with others can improve your ability to understand complicated concepts that may be harder to comprehend when you study alone.

According to Study in the U.S.A – a non-profit organization that is dedicated to helping international students accomplish their dreams of studying in America – the main benefit of studying in groups is students “tend to retain more information” by paraphrasing notes and summarizing information in a way they can better understand it. In addition, exposing yourself to different perspectives can add value to your growth and learning experience. Diversity promotes creativity and appreciation for otherdifferent points of view. And it can also make things more engaging!

Study groups have so many other benefits. Remember to reach out to those around you to make your higher education experience smooth. Don’t forget to reach out to those around you to make your experience in higher education a smooth one. 

Claim Your Future

A great way to get started on your career enhancement journey is through gaining real-world, applied experience. Our programs in the Office of Professional Studies at UMBC focus on that applied nature. Our graduates in our master’s and Post-Baccalaureate programs become equipped with the experience to make real impact in today’s competitive world.

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