The media often speaks poorly about the time young people spend on forms of media and entertainment and the internet can catch the brunt of this. However, they fail to mention many wonderful new uses for the internet that will better a student. One such form is online study groups. Students do not meet in a library or at a friend’s house where it is easy to be distracted and not accomplish what you came for. Virtual study groups online are interactive and focused. You do not have to worry about what was accomplished or if anything was studied because you can receive documentation about the activities that happened during the study group online and be able to identify which students actively participated. This also creates a drive and accountability that students otherwise would not have because there is proof as to who worked hard in a study group and who did not with this virtual software.
Online study groups create a broader spectrum of who can participate more so than a traditional study group ever could. It allows students locally to join in the study group as well as international students. The study group becomes a much richer environment for learning and growth with a diverse group of students studying together. A student could be studying with his friend he sits by in English class and another student in Spain! That cannot be done in your local library. These study groups also allow for peer to peer teaching approach. Students are often more likely to listen and understand other students when they are confused by material introduced by a teacher. If they need some extra input, online study groups allow for guest speakers to be brought into the group to have another approach or experience introduced to them.
Most students are tremendously busy with school, sports, clubs, and other activities. It is difficult for students to find time to meet all together in the same place. Online study groups allow students to meet together in their online virtual group anyplace. All they need is a device that receives internet and with smart phones, laptops, tablets, and Wi-Fi that can be quite easy to achieve. A student can join the group on the go and the family does not have to rearrange their busy schedule. Study groups online make it easier for a busy student to remain a good student!