Study groups are a great idea when studying for any subject. It involves getting together several individuals who are all preparing for the same exam. You can work together to determine what you’ll study and how you’ll use the time when you get together. It can be a great way to prepare for the Praxis Core exam. However, it’s not the most effective method for everyone. Consider these pros and cons to determine if you should create a Praxis Core study group.
Pros of a Praxis Core Study Group
- As a study group, people quiz each other as they review information for the exam. Then, everyone can discuss the answers and why someone got one wrong.
- Study groups can break up the information. Assign each person material to study and present to the rest of the group. That way, everyone gets all of the information to review without having to spend as much time researching everything in length.
- What are your weaknesses? What are your strengths? Chances are that you can find others who can help you with your weak areas, and you can use your strengths to better prepare them for the exam. Use the time to discuss things that you’re struggling with.
- Since everyone thinks differently, you’ll have a chance to learn how others would approach the exam and different test questions.
- Studying can be monotonous, but with a group you’re accountable to each other and need to stay on top of the study schedule in order to use the time together more effectively.
Cons of a Praxis Core Study Group
- Although you’d hope that everyone would come prepared to review the material, chances are that some people won’t put in any time for preparation and will lack the motivation to use the opportunity to study effectively.
- If everyone isn’t focused on studying, it’s possible that the study group could turn into a socializing hour. It’s important to prevent goofing around or gossiping in order to use the time more effectively.
- Whenever you work with a group, there’s a chance that someone won’t pull their weight. If everyone isn’t equally focused on studying, then it’s difficult to get anything out of the experience.
- Study groups aren’t for everyone. Some people just study more effectively on their own. You need to figure out what works best for you.
I’ve found that sometimes study groups work great, and sometimes I prefer to study on my own. It really depends on the people in the group and their dedication to using the time effectively. If you decide to start or join a study group, think about the people involved and set a schedule that everyone agrees on in order to use the time wisely.