Does your child have Study Partners? They should!

Does your child have study partners? They shouldChildren are notorious procrastinators; they are easily distracted, bored and seldom keep focused on the task at hand. Parents often think that if their child works in a group, they are more prone to distraction. In contrast, it has been proven that if your child works with peers, they are actually more likely to concentrate on their work!

An ingenious study, published by Belgian Psychologist Dr Kobe Desender, showed that mental effort is contagious; if a peer is straining their synapses in concentration, their presence will automatically intensify the concentration of those around them. This impact was found to be consistent, regardless of whether the tasks at hand were easier/more difficult or similar/unrelated to each other. The full study contains many revealed gems related to human interaction, confirmed by by several experiments conducted in 2015. In summary, it was found that the presence of another person can certainly influence task performance. As mentioned, it is still inconclusive whether or not performance also depends on what this other person is doing. We can take from this, therefore, that having study partners, even if focusing on different tasks, topics or assignments, will still invariably bring a higher work-rate from each student (and hopefully better results). The simple fact of  the other ‘being there’ is more than enough to get some health competition going!

With exam time around the corner, it is important your child is working hard and consistently. Children must focus to take in new information, and well as revise what they have learned in regular intervals. This act of information acquisition and regular retrieval is called spacing; and has been shown to boost test results by 10-30% in some studies. The act of learning and re-learning requires a huge amount of concentration for sustained periods.

Working with peers can enable your child to stay focused and motivated during this time. This is why our classes have such high success rates –  it provides your child with a class environment – whether online or face-to-face, in which a group of study peers help keep your child concentrating for longer.

When children are under pressure, they find difficulty in keeping focus. This can often be due to issues in confidence and feelings of anxiety concerning upcoming exams. Many children have built a good foundation of knowledge for their tests, but are in need of one final boost to fully achieve their potential. With the stress of exams getting nearer, their work-rate may falter.

For this reason, we have also put together Last Minute Intensive courses, taking place at various times throughout the year. These are spread over three to five days, tackling the most common sticking points for all kinds of tricky entrance examinations.

In these sessions, your child will work with others in the same position, creating a “study partner” atmosphere and increasing their confidence and motivation for the exam season ahead.