How to Involve Friends in Your Studies

What’s the old adage … there’s strength in numbers? That sage advice can be applied to health care studies for Concorde students. A study group or some friends can help you crush that next exam or assignment.

“The best way to take the phrase ‘study hall’ to the next level is by sitting in the halls with your classmates and study your material,” said William Lacey, Director of Student Affairs at Concorde’s campus in San Diego. “Sitting on the floor, up against a wall or in a circle brings a unique closeness that classmates share when attempting to achieve a common goal.

“I see this often, and it’s a collaborative and friendly way to prepare for an exam or just bounce theories off one another. You’re more than classmates. I’ve seen how once strangers in the beginning and classmates during the process of taking classes results in long-term friendships down the line.”

How to involve friends in health care studies

“Many students have their own way of studying, whether it’s going to the library, a coffee shop, home, etc.,” said Jasmine McCreight, Student Services Advisor at Concorde’s campus in Memphis, Tenn. “Some may not study because they are aware of the information. Yet, some find it easier to have a study session with peers just to feed off one another.”

McCreight said she often found herself more engaged in study groups with classmates. She was able to share notes and thoughts on subjects and lectures learned during health care studies.

“We would compare and highlight the most important part that will be on an exam or quiz,” she said. “This gave us the opportunity to retain information from our learned point of view and from our instructor.”

It might be difficult to find a study group, or friends in your class to get a group started, McCreight said. She suggests, during the first week of class, introduce yourself and exchange contact information. Create a group message system, whether it’s through text message or using the app GroupMe. This allows classmates to keep you updated on assignments, due dates and set up a study session.

“Communication is key,” McCreight said. “Study groups are very helpful, and you will be able to see better results … especially if you are not a good test-taker!”

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