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**Group study ** has many advantages. For example, according to a study carried out by Lehigh University, students understand the material better, retain content for longer and avoid being distracted and losing their concentration too easily. However, this method has a problem: what happens if you want to study with someone who is hundreds of kilometres from you? And what if your schedule does not coincide with your fellow students?
With this in mind, applications studyroom, aimed at facilitating these study sessions over the Internet have emerged. All particpating students are part of a group that has access to a common repository where they can not only can upload their own materials, but can also ask questions and communicate with each other. Thus the problem of location is overcome and it also allows asynchronous study, with each student connecting at the best time for him/her.
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In contrast to other elearning platforms, studyroom depends solely on students and universities are not the controlling groups. The students themselves decide what material to share. In some cases, very interesting collections of notes, exams and resources from previous years have been gathered. Today’s private beta studyroom but has over 40,000 users and they are planning to reach more than 100 universities in the coming weeks.
Open Study is an alternative to consider if you are thinking of participating in study groups with people from all over the world, instead of just with your classmates. You can ask questions and other students will help you. You only need to choose the subject and ask. Do you have more questions? Or maybe you want to exchange impressions with other students? There is a chat feature for doing this.
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Of course, there are the more “traditional” alternatives to distance: Skype and Hangouts for mobile videoconferencing, if what you want is to get together with your classmates via video; or online editing of collaborative documents with Google Docs and shared cloud services such as Dropbox or Onedrive to share your notes and other materials. They all have their own mobile version, so you can take them with you wherever you go.
Imagen | Exam Time
In Spanish, it is worth pointing out the collaborative tool aimed at study groups, (among other things) called Exam Time. You can create your own group and invite your classmates to join through the application. Once in the group, you can organise your own study sessions, create small tests for the others to do and gather together all your notes.
Individually, Exam Time is also quite useful, as it provides additional resources, including easy to make summaries and flashcards to help you memorize. The teachers can also use this tool to distribute class materials among their students.
The great advantage of all the tools we have mentioned is that they all have mobile and/or tablet version, so you can study almost anywhere and have all materials, resources and notes you need to hand as well as contact with your classmates if you want to ask any questions while you are studying.