In medical school during your first and second years, there are several study tips thrown around on ‘the best ways to study.’ One of those ways mentioned is study groups. There are pros and cons to every method of studying, but I’d like to touch on the benefits and downfalls of study groups.
Study groups can be a great help to get you through your medical student career if done right. They can be a useful way to gain insight and helpful ways to remember lots of different facts/materials. It also helps to have different perspectives on the material, because sometimes it can be difficult to understand the first time learning new material. Other members in the study group may be able to explain the material in an easier way.
Study groups can also be a huge distraction if not properly assembled. If you’re studying with friends, it may be a lot easier to get off-topic and distracted from the purpose of the group. It may also be a lot easier to put off studying until a later time if a lot of members aren’t wanting to review.
How do you feel about study groups in medical school? Did they (or did they not) work for you?
Originally from South Carolina, Ashleigh is a second-year international medical student. She graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Spanish and International Health with Emphasis in Health Administration. Before graduation, she had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Costa Rica, where she became fluent in Spanish.
Ashleigh is currently preparing and studying for the USMLE Step 1. In her spare time, she is a petsitter and dog walker. She also loves traveling, reading, experimenting with new recipes, and writing for her personal blog, www.IslandMedStudentBlog.com.