There seems to be a correlation between studying in groups/how long I study in groups and my grades. It looks something like this:
I wholeheartedly wish that I was good at studying in groups. I wish that I was one of those people who by explaining things also retain information and thus slam dunk on exams. Unfortunately, I am one of those people who has to study by themselves in a particular environment with little to moderate noise, headphones (optional), a table/desk set up, and good lighting. This also means that I cannot have a studybuddy to watch my things when I frequent the restroom (all that coffee, it goes through you, ya know?). I’m that girl who feels too uncomfortable asking a stranger to watch my things. Although, if they ask me, I will gladly do it. I just don’t know how they can entrust me with their belongings. I’m that girl who leaves her textbooks and cup on the table but takes her backpack. Who steals a textbook with notes? Good luck trying to decipher them, bud.
This semester I have run into accounts when I have been asked to join in study groups/sessions, suggestions by professors to study with groups and to “talk it out”, but I have found that when I do try this- I do not test well at all. There are many accounts where I break down and I do say “yes” and then I regret it soon-after because I don’t get any work done.
To those study partners and groups: It’s not you. It’s me.
If I ever message you to study with me, please help me and reject my request. It’s for the best.
Good luck to everyone studying finals! Find your study groove and stick to it. If it’s not giving you the results you want, change it. (This was told to me by my calculus teacher once upon a time and she’s pretty wise.)