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The Exam finals week can be the most stressful time for any student, as they start cramming in 14-hour revision sessions right before an exam. Many children form study groups to get through an exam, but parents, however, are on the fence about the effectiveness of such group studies.

So, do they really work? Here are a few advantages and disadvantages of a group study:

Disadvantages:

  1. The learning process pans out differently for different children because not everyone learns the same way and at the same pace. Therefore, if your child is trying to master a new concept in a group, your kid’s method and pace may just be completely out of sync with others, and, as a result, your kid may compromise his/her learning
  2. Very often, kids who learn in group-studies pick up this bad habit- they tend to give up on a challenging concept easily and leave it to the group to solve that problem. This leaves a gaping hole in your child’s study plan
  3. No matter how hard kids try, the chances of wasting time with small talk are comparably high in group studies, as they are prone to many distractions. Every single distraction may leave your child a few paces behind

Advantages:

  1. Many times, during the course of your child’s revision plan, he/she may get stuck on challenging problems and concepts. This is where a group study plays to your child’s advantage, as there’s ready help at hand, to solve all his/her doubts and queries
  2. Another advantage of a group study is that your child can figure out where he/she stands with respect to his/her peers. He/she can gauge where he/she stands with respect to his/her strengths and weaknesses in a subject and also the areas that need to be worked on or improved

Download the Mai app to improve your child’s skill in planning and also assess your child’s skill in metacognition.

 

 

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