Collaborative learning provides many benefits for students such as collaboration, communication, and leadership skills. These skills not only translate well into the classroom but also into our students’ future workforce. Here at Success Tutorial School we value group learning for the many benefits that accompany collaborative learning. Continue reading for 12 reasons why your kids should learn in a group environment.
A group environment provides an interactive learning opportunity for your child. Working in a group can lead to positive outcomes in learning. Your child can discuss topics, share differing opinions and be introduced to novel ideas. Working alone does not provide the opportunity for discussion, collaboration or new point of views. Therefore, working in a group creates an interactive environment that helps promote understanding and comprehension.
Develop Collaborative Skills
Working with others allows your child to develop collaborative skills. These skills are not only important in a school environment, but for all areas of life including your child’s future career. Being an active and fair team player will lead to positive collaborations with peers and future colleagues. Therefore, learning in a group environment will promote success in your child’s life.
Develop Skills to Focus
At times, working and learning in a group environment can be distracting. It may be tempting to socialize instead of concentrate, however having your child learn in a group environment allows them to develop their skills needed to focus and concentrate on the task at hand. Your child will learn how to prioritize and differentiate between focus and working time versus social time.
When working with a group, students often work through the subject matter by having thoughtful discussion. By discussing subject matter, this allows your child to understand and solidify concepts, thereby increasing understanding and comprehension.
Develop Social Skills
Not only will your child learn collaborative skills to work well with others. They will also develop their social skills. Often kids struggle to speak or share ideas in front of their peers out of fear or embarrassment, however having your child learn in a social environment allows them to develop those skills and their confidence in working with others.
Develop Leadership Skills
Working with peers allows students to develop their leadership skills. Working in a group allows your child to work on their time management skills, delegating skills as well as balancing fair choices when in a group environment. Providing group opportunities allows your child to develop leadership skills from an early age. These leadership skills will translate well into their adulthood and career as they are likely to be looked at as a leader their peers trust and respect.
Enhance Communication skills
Being in a social learning environment also allows your child to develop their communication skills. Understanding appropriate times for discussion, interjection as well as appropriate and helpful discussion is a skill that can be developed over time by working with others. Being able to communicate effectively is a key aspect to their learning and their future.
Time Management Skills
A group learning environment is helpful for developing time management skills. When students work in a group, they must be able to prioritize tasks and topics of conversation when working together. This forms a cohesive group that stays on track. Being able to work in a group and manage time effectively is a skill that will be carried into adulthood and their career.
Working with others allows students to see and understand multiple perspectives. This understanding of varied perspectives allows students to develop their empathy. Being empathetic is a very useful life skill as it permits your child to gain and develop trust and respect within their relationships with their peers. This can translate to being an effective and valued team member in a school setting as well as in their future career setting.
Develop Problem Solving Skills
When working with others, it is likely that problems may arise. These problems can vary between minor disagreements and small frustrations, to facing larger disagreements between group members. Being able to work through these issues effectively allows your child to develop their problem solving skills. Additionally, being able to understand ideas and perspectives of others when working in a group allows them to become stronger problem solvers by seeing and understanding multiple perspectives.
Group work can sometimes be frustrating. Students may not like the group they are working with and may want to give up on their task. Being resilient is a key skill at school and into adulthood. Pushing through challenging situations develops resilience among our students and promotes success. A resilient person is more likely to continue pushing through challenges and finding success as opposed to those who may give up too quickly.
Working with others allows students to brainstorm and discuss multiple ideas and perspectives. By being able to bounce ideas off of others, students can develop their creativity. Working alone may not promote the same level of creativity as working in a group.
Here at Success Tutorial School we understand the value of learning in different environments. Whether that be one on one with a tutor or in a group environment, we strive to provide the best learning opportunities for our students to create well rounded individuals that thrive! We pride ourselves in offering multiple professional programs to support you in achieving your goals as best as possible.