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The Benefits of Math Study Groups

by : MathRise
posted on : 12/12/2012

Leads to better class performance and grades

Whether your child excels at math or is having difficulty learning basic math concepts, involvement in a structured math study group can help students of all abilities maintain and improve their grades.   When conducted properly, group studying can lead to better class performance and better grades.  An added bonus of participating in a math study group is that they foster positive study habits that will prove invaluable to students throughout their academic and professional careers.

Professor Richard J. Light of Harvard University acknowledged the importance of study groups with respect to student performance at the college level by stating, “…those students who study outside of class in small groups of four to six students, even just once a week, benefit enormously. Group meetings are organized around discussions of the homework, and as a result of their study group discussion, students are far more engaged and better prepared for class, learning significantly more.”
These are the six main benefits of student involvement in math study groups:


Students who meet at study groups are there to “STUDY AND COMPLETE HOMEWORK”.  If your student struggles with putting things off until the last minute, a math study group might be the right solution.


When students work together in small groups they tend to learn faster.  This is because what may be difficult for one student might be easy for another.  Instead of struggling with concepts alone, students can help each other to work out problems and learn together faster.


When you study alone you’re studying from one perspective with one set of study skills – yours.  This may or may not be a good thing.  If your student is having difficulty with a topic, they probably have room to improve their study habits. By joining a math study group, students can observe and share many different study methods and fine-tune a regimen that suits them best.


Studying by yourself can get boring and monotonous in a hurry.  Because of the social aspect of a study group, the monotony is broken up by topic discussions and students can learn faster and have an enjoyable learning experience.  This is especially true for “auditory learners” as they will always have someone available to bounce ideas off of.


Not every student is a great note taker.  Incomplete notes = inefficient studying.
Study groups are a great way for students to compare notes, fix errors, and improve their techniques
to become better overall listeners and note-takers.


We live in an age where the ability to work as a member of a team is of the utmost importance.  Math study groups cultivate a camaraderie between group members and help to establish essential skills to promote teamwork and collaborative problem solving techniques.


A well run math study group can be highly effective so long as everyone in the group is truly focused on the task at hand – learning math.  It is also very important to have someone assigned to a leadership role to keep the study focused and productive.

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