4 Benefits of a Group Learning Environment
February 02, 2023 | Heguru Method @ HarbourFront and Choa Chu Kang
When it comes to learning and education, the environment in which the child is in can greatly influence the learning outcome. Learning in a group setting helps a child develop important skill sets necessary to succeed later in life such as social, academic, and professional situations that may otherwise be difficult to achieve compared to independent learning. If used correctly, a group learning environment can prove to be one of the most effective methods for a child. Curious to find out more about the advantages? Heguru Method is an established right brain training learning centre in Singapore, and this article dives into how group learning can provide the best head start in life for your child.
Develops social skills that further enhances right brain training
Enrichment classes with a group learning environment encourages teamwork and provides an opportunity for social skills to be developed. Through participating in group activities, children learn from one another and function as each other's role models. Working to solve the same problem, or working towards achieving the same goal or project allows children to learn how to be part of a team and therefore develop skills such as communication and conflict resolution. In addition, the right brain and a child’s social skills are strongly intertwined, further enhancing right brain training in the process.
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Learning from others
Group learning environments allow children to learn from their peers. This is advantageous because many children tend to understand concepts better and retain information more effectively when learning from friends compared to teachers and parents. Moreover, your children will learn the value of constructive criticism and how to accept them without any misgivings. Learning in a group setting also fosters problem-solving skills as children are required to contribute to puzzling out the problem presented before them.
Deeper intrinsic motivation
Intrinsic motivation refers to actions driven by internal rewards. How group learning promotes intrinsic motivation is by mutually inspiring students to achieve. It’s one thing to study and learn because a teacher told you to, but another to work on something with your peers to meet a common goal. It’s even something more when students forget they are learning and become motivated by one another to complete the task. Developing intrinsic motivation is a skill that tends to come about in group learning and works as a great way to keep students motivated about everything else in life.
When a child works on their own they have only their mind to rely on. This could encourage fixation on a problem a child doesn’t understand but may feel too embarrassed to seek guidance from a teacher about. One benefit of enrichment classes in group learning environments is the ability to approach your peers for help. This aids in reducing anxiety given that the focus is no longer solely on them or on the material.The child ultimately worries less because they can focus on what needs to be learnt without feeling the pressure of the spotlight.
Learning in a group environment is an effective way of acquiring knowledge and critical skills that students of today need to thrive. Keep these advantages in mind when on the lookout for a learning centre for your child and see how the benefits are reaped!
Got more questions? At Heguru Method’s enrichment classes, we place emphasis on creating the best environment for collaborative learning between students to encompass the points mentioned above. Speak with our team today to learn more about our curriculum!
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