Advantages

Advantages of Study Groups
(Adapted from material by Prof. Avi Cohen prepared for his Economics course.)

 Getting Questions Answered

 Learning Problem-Solving Skills

 Learning Teamwork Skills

 Study Group Guide for Students


Getting Questions Answered

A study group is one of the best places to get your questions answered about confusing or difficult course material. There is strength in numbers - some members of the group will understand some of the material, and other members will better understand different material. Taking turns in explaining out loud answers to a question is an effective way of discovering how well you understand the questions. When you answer a question only in your head, you often skip steps in the chain of reasoning without realizing it. When you explain your reasoning aloud, gaps and mistakes quickly appear, and you (and your fellow group members) can quickly correct your reasoning. Taking turns in explaining difficult material helps build confidence in all the members.

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Learning Problem-Solving Skills

The best way to learn to do statistics is to do problems. I would suggest meeting after you have individually worked the Study Guide problems, but before looking at the answers. All members of the group can improve their problem-solving abilities by working together to solve difficult problems. If your group does this regularly, all members will learn the skills necessary to solve any type of problem. These problem-solving skills are transferable to other courses, and to future careers in all fields.

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Learning Teamwork Skills

Being able to work as a team member is a skill that can only be learned by doing. While there are challenges to working in a group, the rewards far outweigh the challenges. Making a team work can lead to friendships that will make York a more hospitable place for you, while building a skill employers value.

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Study Group Guide for Students

A fourth year Mathematics major, Katie Caldwell has written a guide for students. Click here to see the complete guide.