Exam Advice: Methods Adopted by Students to Study


With exams round the corner, I would like to present an article on the methods students use to study for their exams. Normally students have varying ways of studying for their exams.

Some can comprehend very well during classroom lectures and therefore they prefer studying in a group. Some students prefer studying well on their own without any disturbance.

Whichever method you choose you should see that it is proving to be beneficial for your studies. Studying in a group has an advantage that in case if you have a doubt in your studies, you can easily clear it out with your colleagues. This is not possible when studying alone.

Scheduling time for studies

When you are studying alone, there is a possibility that you may get bored and start delaying the studying of important lessons to a later date.

However, if you are studying in a group, you have someone breathing at your neck to stick to a schedule, which is predetermined.

Group studying also inculcates discipline and regularity in studying. It helps students plan and maintain a strict study schedule, which if abided by, will give them success in their exams.

Apart from this, doubts arising during studies can be sorted out immediately. In studying alone, you will not be able to enjoy the above-mentioned benefits.

Discover new ideas to study

Studying together in a group can help stimulate our grey cells and helps us to discover new concepts. Apart from this, we can also find new ways of solving a particular question.

Students can opt for any method convenient to them such that they can remember the answer during their exams. Group studying can also help us to find out what are our weak points and our strengths.

By solving doubts of other students, we can get confidence in a topic thus boosting our chances of clearing the exam. However, at the same time, it should be remembered that studying in a group should not disturb you from your path.

It should not distract you from your goal. This is only possible if you have colleagues who share the same study schedule, as yours. If this is not the case, your choosing to study in a group will not yield you good results.

Sharing notes

Students who write notes during class training can compare their notes and obtain the right guidance on what to study.

Exchanging notes will eliminate the possibility of errors occurring during studying.  For example, if you have not taken down notes on a particular topic, joining a study group will give you access to those notes.

Harsh Gupta, a class XII student from St. Joseph’s pre-university college in Bengaluru says that he has joined a chat group where he discusses the syllabus and solves his own and other students queries.

Some friends start solving math’s problem simultaneously and then discuss each step via chat. Even though the students are not present near each other, their virtual presence will enable them to solve their problems and doubts.

Previously this was not possible as the internet was not at large. However, with the internet becoming common everywhere, virtual study groups are not new .

Friendly assistance

AparnaGaitonde, teacher, IES Modern English School, Mumbai is of the view that group studying helps students iron out any deficiencies in knowledge in aparticular subject.

Students can solve each other’s problems in virtual sessions. Some students may be good at one subject while some others may be good at others.

When studying together, the weak students can learn from the intelligent ones and thus increase their chances of clearing the exams. Thus, studying in a group is always better as compared to studying in solitude.

However there may be students who study well when they are alone. These students can accumulate their doubts and get them solved when they meet their friends.

Boosting confidence

Students invariably face parental pressure to score well in their exams. This can take a toll on their confidence. If they study in a group, all their fears will evaporate as then they will know that their fears are unfounded, when they discuss with their friends and study mates.

Studying with their friends gives them the knowledge that the story is the same everywhere and that they are facing nothing out of the world. This will serve to improve their self-esteem and their confidence.

Thus there are tremendous benefits of group study or at least keeping in touch with your colleagues when you are studying.

Peer pressure

However, all said and done, if a particular student is not able to keep up with the pace of his study mates during a group study session, it will lead to him losing confidence.

In this case, it is clear that his intelligence is not the same as his other mates in his group. This leads him to experience peer pressure from his colleagues.

It may also affect his self-esteem. However, at such times, it is important that students do not lose their confidence and keep an open mind for any new experiences they may have.  Doing this will eradicate their self-doubt.

Going off track

Any group study session will only succeed if the team members all have the same goal of studying together and deriving the benefits of group studying. However, if any of them have other ideas, then the whole group will suffer because of one person.

Another possibility could be that the student may lose his place in the race. Then he may lose interest in studying as he has found that he cannot cope with the pace of the group. At times, he may also go off track never to return to studying.

This is the phenomenon of digressing from studies. Reasons for this could be pressure from peers to conform to the group pace of studying. However, when you find that you cannot keep up with them then at such times, it is always better to study alone and whenever you have doubts, you can contact one of your colleagues.


Thus, we have seen that group study is the best method to study for your exams; however, if you are an introvert or are a weak student, then it will be well for you to study alone and get in touch with your group only if you have any doubts.

Harish Desai


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