How online study groups can help you focus on your homework
It can be difficult to study alone if you are easily distracted. Studying in a group can help you stay focused, but it’s not always possible. That’s why many students turn to online study groups to do the work instead.
Why use online study groups?
Studying often works best in a group, but meeting up with friends isn’t always possible. Libraries aren’t always open and social distancing requirements can make meetings difficult depending on where in the world you are.
Online study groups existed before the coronavirus pandemic, but they have exploded in popularity throughout 2020. While many institutions have moved to online learning using apps like Zoom, many others took matters into their own hands and started their own study groups.
An online study group is a webcam lobby that you join for the purpose of doing work. Other people can see your webcam feed and you can see theirs. It’s a bit like being in a classroom or an amphitheater where you’re expected to be quiet, respectful of those around you, and fully focused on your work.
It’s a way to hold yourself accountable. Many study groups will meet regularly at scheduled times to maintain a routine. You may want to join a group that shares a similar field of study, common interests, or local area with you.
While the general idea of a study group is to get down to business quietly, there is also a social aspect to group study, usually in the form of a group discussion.
How to Find Study Groups Online
If you have friends or classmates that you think would be interested in starting a small study group, you can go it alone using a video conferencing app of your choice. Zoom, Skypeand Hangouts are all ideal for this since they can be used for free.
If you prefer to join an existing study group, see Mooclab study groups. You will need to register with Mooclab to join a group, and you may need to answer a few questions to meet group-specific requirements. You will then be able to join all the video meetings published in this group.
If you prefer to use a simpler “show up and study” service, StudyStream offers 24/7 Focus Rooms for students and young professionals at all levels of study. The service is free, with premium rooms available for small groups and social events.
There is also a thriving study group scene on Facebook. Simply search for “study group” and filter by groups.
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