How to Study with a Partner

By Staff Writer Published on September 13, 2017

While many college students choose to study alone, there are a number of benefits to be had from studying with a partner. However, you must be focused and have a plan if you wish for your study session to be effective.  Read through these tips to find out how you can best study with a classmate.


Many of us are used to making and using flashcards by ourselves, but another person can help make this activity even more useful.  It can be easy to write or review your own flashcards in such a way that you always know the right answer.  However, having a friend write some of the cards and quiz you on them can help expand your knowledge and get you more ready for that upcoming test.

Two Heads are Better than One

History has shown that human beings are able to accomplish tasks faster if they are in groups. This also applies to studying. Having a friend or classmate with you when you review the material can help you both since you can offer your opinions and combine your level of understanding. Individuals who review subjects with their peers often have a higher level of comprehension than their counterparts who study alone.

Maintain Focus

Getting distracted during a solo study session is easy. There always seems to be a Facebook update, tweet, or Instagram post that catches your eye, and before you know it, you’ve spent the last hour surfing YouTube. Having a study partner can help you maintain your focus since you are both relying on each other for a valuable study session. Just make sure that your study partner is someone who will help and encourage you both to make the most of your time together.

While it is infeasible to assume that every study session you will ever have will be with a fellow classmate, appropriately motivated, group study sessions are often underutilized. So take the time to make a friend in your next class and start reaping the benefits of having a study partner.