The benefits of studying with friends

The saying “two brains are better than one” exists for a reason: there are great benefits to sharing your study time with friends. If studying alone is getting monotonous, here are some reasons that you may want to break up your study routine with some company:

Motivation: your friends can encourage you to study, even when you don’t want to. And you can do the same for them. If you want to help your friend do better on the next test, you may find that you do better, too.

Reinforcement: your friends may have study techniques that you haven’t seen before, or you can just compound the good study habits you both have. Inventing an inside joke about Millard Fillmore or the word ‘pulchritude’ can help you remember important facts, but you might not make that joke while studying alone.

Commitment: studying with a friend may help you actually sit down and study, instead of procrastinating, and you may find that you study longer once you’re there.

Fun: you love spending time with your friends, and they can make study time more enjoyable. Plus you won’t feel conflicted about having to choose between the friends that you want to spend time with and the studying you need to do.

Of course, you should make sure that you pick a friend or group that has the same goals you do and the discipline to actually use the time together to study effectively.

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