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Group Discussion for study - Importance

Group discussion on study topics plays vital role in understanding the topic. Discussing a topic with friends or classmates helps in learning the topic with perfection. Group discussion on a topic involves sharing of learning by the participants which equally benefits all the participants. Students have different approach to learn. Students adopt different methods of learning. Each method of learning has its pros and cons. Hence, if many students discuss a topic which has already been studied by them; it helps them to come across the learning acquired by various methods of learning.

Group discussion has its own ethics – to be cordial and polite during the group discussion. It leads to a healthy criticism and benefits the students. The important benefits of group-discussion for students are given below:

  It helps in Learning more – It increases your understanding of a subject or a lesson

Group discussion opens avenues to you to learn more. You come across new facts about the topic. Sometimes you might have skipped learning some important aspect of a topic which other student may have grasped while study the same topic. When you discuss it your friend, you also learn all these areas which you have omitted during your own study. Sometimes you may have some difficulties in learning a topic, when you discuss it; it become easier for you to understand the topic with clarity.

  It helps in generating more ideas about a topic

Group discussion involves exchange of ideas where important things are learnt from each other. Learning only from text-books is not always enough. You may also need to acquire learning from other sources to understand a topic. Different sources are available to different students. Hence, during group-discussion the students come across new ideas acquired from different sources by the students. When many minds brain-storm on a topic, it helps them generate new ideas; which are necessary for conceptual learning of a subject. Similarly, group-discussion lead to generate thought-provoking questions regarding the topic by the students. In this way, it also helps student prepare for their exam.

It helps you know your shortcomings and weaknesses – opportunity for improvement

  It lets you know about your mistakes and weaknesses

Group-discussion offers you an opportunity to improve yourself. Group discussion helps you indentify your shortcomings and weaknesses. You come to know about areas which need to be improved. Participating in group discussion points out these areas as well as give you guidelines to improve such areas. Once you realize your weak areas, you focus on them to improve yourself.

  It helps you build confidence in yourself

A student should have confidence in himself. Having confidence in your learning helps you prove yourself to be correct in your stance. If you study a topic, you may bear some uncertainties about your learning in your mind. When you discuss it with other, it helps you eliminate these ambiguities about what you have learnt. Listening to supporting ideas in group discussion helps you build your confidence. Similarly, differing ideas helps you rectify your ideas and you develop a confidence in yourself.

  It prepares you for Oral Test by enhancing You Oral Skills

Students have to appear in many oral test such as viva and interviews. They should know how to talk and express their views about a topic in front of an examiner. Participating in group discussion helps you improve you speaking skills and make you talk confidently in front of other while sharing your ideas about a subject.

  It Enhances Your Listening Skills

Some exams may also test your listening skills. For instance, the IELTS exam comprises of assessing listening skills of a student. A student must have good listening skills for scoring well in such exams. Group discussion offers you an opportunity to listen to ideas of others carefully. It serves as a practice for enhancing listening skills of a student.

  It polishes your study skills and exam preparation skills

As discussed earlier, students have different approaches towards learning and adopt different methods of study. In group discussion the students also discuss about their approaches to learning and making preparation for exam. Exchanging such views inspire the participants and help them adopt the best study skills.