Generally, group study is considered as pretence followed by students usually to cheat their parents.
Today, more number of parents do not believe in group study as they believe and worry that their children use it as an opportunity to chat and pass time with friends in the name of study.
Unless the students make proper arrangements and work with integrity to have good group study parents worry would be true. But, at the same time, if it is done in the right way, it would provide with excellent results.
It is necessary to understand that the group study method is not only applicable to exam seasons but also can be followed right through the year. Students and parents must know the guidelines to make group study effective.
Appropriate friends with like mindedness and ideas are very important for making useful group study. Those friends could be the neighbours or classmates or schoolmates. It is advisable to keep the group limit to 5.
A good group study can go much beyond individual study and classroom study, if done properly. Because, students here feel free and would raise their doubts without any hesitation and shyness. They easily share their ideas regarding lessons and mutually clarify doubts. When a lesson is discussed, it could be divided as parts based on different sub headings and particular time need to be fixed to complete the analyses.
At the end of the particular time, everyone should reveal his/her understanding on the allotted section. As a result, everyone would get clear understanding on the particular lesson, in which they had elaborate discussion. Through group studies, one can avoid fear about tough lessons. Unresolved doubts can be clarified from the teachers.
Every student in the group study, analyses a particular sub topic, which had been entitled to him/her, on which they would be dedicated due to curiosity. They would try to improve their intelligence through their understanding. Hence, a genuine competition would emerge in that atmosphere.
The place, which you select for your group study, should be free from noises, disturbances and free from too much heat or cold. It could be a comfortable room or a open terrace or beneath trees.
In a group study, you can prepare model question papers and practice writing answers within a stipulated time. As a result, you could get a good experience on writing various question papers that would help to overcome exam fear. It would help to identify your mistakes.
Selecting a group leader for the group to convene the activities of the group is necessary. However, there should be periodical changes in leadership. Discipline is very important and regulations should be strictly followed.