Collaborative Skills: Studying with a partner DOnald Tucker

Study Buddies!!!

I am fortunate enough to take three of my four classes with friends that I know outside of the classroom. This can seem like a distraction, but its actually a blessing in disguise. I can rely on these classmates to send me reminders when homework is due and when its time to study for a test.

Two brains are better then one!

In college we can use all the help we can get when it comes to preparing for tests. One of the best ways to prepare yourself for an exam is by quizzing someone else and then being quizzed right back by that same person. This type of interactive and collaborative technique is also helpful when you are stuck on something. If you and your classmate both attend class, it would be very rare for both of you to miss the same bit of information. This is nice because it means that someone is always going to have at least an idea of what to do.

The Exhibit

The exhibit I have prepared for you shows the difference studying by yourself and studying with a partner makes. The experiment was easy to carry out. I took the last two test/quiz scores for two classes I have peers in and wrote them down. Then I looked at when my next tests were and set up 2 hour long study sessions with my peers beforehand. I then studied with the group as well as alone and took the two new tests. The results speak for themselves.

Trial One

Business Law

  • First score: 67
  • Second score- 84


The main reason that my test score rose a letter grade was because of the case study knowledge of my peers. During the study session I knew all of the key terms and grander ideas, but didn't know the cases associated with them. Knowing which cases are responsible for which laws makes understanding the laws so much easier in itself.

Trial Two


  • First score- 15/20
  • Second score- 20/20


I think that studying with my classmates for this quiz was just as important to my improvement as it was to my law test. The reason being that there is a little bit of a language barrier between me and my professor. This barrier doesn't make it impossible to learn, it just takes more time. Studying with someone who can explain the problem in a way you really understand is so important. If it doesn't click in your head for math, you probably don't get it.


After conducting this experiment, I have evidence that studying with your peers for 2 or more hours before a test leads to better test scores. Knowing this information now upsets me a bit because I should have known I could rely on my classmates and peers to help me along the way. Always remember to use the study cycle when preparing for a test. The study cycle keeps you focused, motivated, and fresh by pushing short highly focused study periods followed by breaks,

Moving Forward

Moving forward with my education here at Clemson, I am going to make sure that I meet someone in each of my classes that I can rely on to meet up and study with. Why study alone and get a bad grade when you could study with a friend and get a good grade? I know I won't make that mistake again.

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