Studying online courses and MOOCs can be an isolating and frustrating experience, and studies have shown that students have a better overall experience and a higher success rate if they work with others with similar interests and goals.
A great way to increase your chances of succeeding on an online course is to find a suitable Study Buddy. This is a list of reasons why having a study partner can benefit you.
1. Two Heads are better than one
Having a Study Buddy can make learning easier and more fun. You will be studying the same course and doing the same quizzes and assignments, so pooling your knowledge, resources and skills will only increase your success rate.
2. Learn new study methods
There are many different methods for studying effectively, but it isn’t always easy to find the most effective method that works for you. Having a study buddy can introduce you to new ways of learning that you hadn’t thought about and may be more suited to your style of learning.
3. Teach each other
You study buddy may be able to teach you concepts that you don’t understand as well as new research skills and methods. Also, explaining concepts to someone else is a great learning method in itself as it allows you to consolidate what you have learnt. Sharing your strengths and complementing each other’s weaknesses will improve the overall outcome for both of you.
4. Motivate each other
Staying motivated is one of the big challenges when studying online courses. Having a study buddy means you can motivate each other and make the whole experience a lot more fun. You can agree on mutual goals and come up with a reward scheme when you both reach each goal.
5. Share resources
As you are studying the same course, you will be able to share the resources you come across such as useful websites, articles, books etc. This means you may have access to resources you didn’t know about and you can also recommend ones you find helpful.
6. Help with quizzes and assignments
Having a study buddy is a great way to help with exams and assignments. You can read over each other’s work before submitting it and provide each other with valuable feedback. You can also prepare for an assignment by combining your knowledge and brainstorm ideas and thoughts beforehand. Quizzing each other before an exam is also a great revision method and gives you both the opportunity to iron out any misconceptions or problems.
7. Joint time management
Study buddies can work on a joint study schedule and share a course calendar to help both parties keep on track by reminding each other of deadlines and assignment due dates. You are much more likely to keep to a schedule if there are two of you instead of one.
Remember that choosing the right study buddy is very important if you want to benefit fully from the experience. Not everyone will have the same work ethic or approach to study, and you will need to ensure you have the same goals, and have the same preferred study times. To get the most out of it, it needs to be a two way thing and you should both be prepared to put in the same amount of effort.