How having a study buddy can help your learning

Have you got a study buddy?

It is safe to say that friends can make a real difference in our lives, both personally and professionally. Whether we are going through a relationship breakdown, looking for a new job or need a doubles partner for tennis, having someone who has your best interests in mind is important.

This can also extend into the world of study. While you are undertaking a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or any other course at Auckland Institute of Studies, it can be beneficial to have a study buddy on your side – a guiding light as you continue your journey in education.

In this article, we'll talk about the benefits of having a study buddy. Read on to learn more.

Keeps you motivated

Studying with a buddy can alleviate concerns.Studying with a buddy can alleviate concerns.

Using the MBA as an example, it takes 18 months of full-time study to complete the qualification – plenty of time for procrastination and a lack of motivation. While you can start the course focussed and energised, this spirit can erode as the weeks pass, highlighting the benefit of a study buddy.

As you ride the highs and lows of assignments, tests and readings, it's comforting to talk to someone that knows exactly what you are going through. Whether it is you or your buddy that is struggling, you can pick each other up and remain accountable to the final goal – finishing the degree.

During the tough times, a simple coffee and chat with your study buddy might be enough to refocus the mind and keep you moving in the right direction.

Remembering due dates

If you are trying to balance work and study, you might have a long list of dates and times to keep track of. As such, it's possible to forget an assignment due date or test time which can put your study efforts behind the rest of the class.

With a study buddy on your side, this situation should never eventuate. As you are constantly studying with someone with the same schedule, you will be able to remind each other of important upcoming events. Of course, if you did sleep in on test day, your study buddy may just save your blushes!

Test each other

Test each other to work out what areas need further study.Test each other to work out what areas need further study.

One of the most significant advantages of a study buddy is having someone to test your knowledge and ability. Across many of the AIS courses, there is a depth of knowledge that students need to craft away from the classroom through readings and practice.

As well as being able to identify areas of strength and weakness, study buddies can be honest with your progress and may alert you to problems that you haven't noticed in your own work ethic. Essentially, two brains are greater than one so together you may develop unique perspectives on topics which can be reflected in your achievement.

It is also important to mention study buddy competition. For most people, knowing that someone is better than them is a key tool for motivation and improvement – helping focus the mind and reach greater achievement.

Developing networks outside the classroom

At the end of your time at AIS, there is the potential for you and your study buddy to be in the same job market. While this might mean that you are going for the same jobs, knowing someone in the industry is great for networking. Whether this results in your study buddy putting in a good word with their boss or vice versa, connections are certainly vital when out in the workforce.

At AIS, we promote good study techniques and aim to help everyone reach their potential. If you would like to learn more about our philosophy, feel free to reach out to us today!