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Five tips for studying with friends

Posted on 03/10/2017 by

Studying with friends can be a great way to learn – as long as you stay focused.

One of the best things about studying at ITC is that you’ll make lifelong friends. ITC is a social college – many students say that ITC is “just like one big family!”

If you visit ITC, you’ll see students laughing in corridors, sharing a meal in the common area, practising role-play assignments in the Airport Training Centre, or studying together for a test.

Most courses involve a lot of group work, so it’s important that you can be productive and have fun with your classmates at the same time. Here are five tips for studying with friends without getting too distracted.

1. Have a study plan

With your study buddies, make a list of everything you need to learn and then create a plan. Decide what you will study together (and when) and decide what topics you will study alone in your own time.

When you make a plan, you can get straight into studying without wasting time deciding what to do.

2. Put away your phones

A group study session is not the time to play with Snapchat filters or Instagram your snacks. Put your phones away (and turn them on silent!) to minimise distractions. You can always catch up on social media during your lunch break.

3. Choose a quiet study space

If you study in a loud space, you’re likely to talk and laugh more, and get distracted. Instead, choose a quiet space like a classroom or a computer room, so you’re forced to communicate using your ‘inside voices’.

4. Split into pairs or small groups

The ideal size of a study group is 2-4 people. Just enough people to fit around a shared table, but not so many that you lose track of who should be there.

Try to partner up with people who will inspire you to study (this might not be your best friend!). Choose a study buddy that will hold you accountable and not distract you with tales of their weekend antics.

5. Set a time limit

Decide how long you will spend studying before you begin. That way, you have a deadline to work towards – and you’ll be more likely to stick it out.

Organise a few fun breaks to break up your study, such as going for coffee or for lunch. You can use this time to catch up on your social life, and as a motivation to get through a few hours of study.

After all, that’s what studying with friends is for – mixing fun with hard work.

Would you like to gain a tourism qualification and make lifelong friends? Get in touch with ITC today to learn how we can help you get your tourism career off to a flying start.

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