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   - Advantages of collaborative learning

You can usually get a lot more done in a shorter amount of time.

    One advantage of working in groups is that a problem can be solved faster and easier, ... Any time more than one person works together to solve a problem it is usually more efficient. (Andy E.)
    When working in a group it allows for people to think as one and help others become "unstuck." Problem solving becomes easier when people work together. (Beth Z.)

Each member of the group has something unique that he/she can contribute.

    People often get stuck in their own unique ways of thinking; listening to another person's ideas helps them to broaden their horizons. (Anica B.)
    The saying "three heads are better than one" is definitely true, especially in chemistry because many people find it very difficult. (Kim B.)

I am able to learn more, and truly understand things better.

    When I work with myself I always question everything I do. But when I am in groups I have reassurance and I start to trust my own thoughts. (Tara T.)
    There have been many times throughout the semester that if I hadn't been working with a group I may have given up on the assignment. (Daniel H.)

If I am clueless on something a partner may be an expert on it.

    ...other people help keep each other on track. (Elizabeth F.)
    If you are not as strong in a subject, or do not fully understand the concept of a idea, your partner can help you understand and explain it to you. (Jenna S.)

Students can relate to one another more easily than to a teacher.

    Students, at least I feel this way, sometimes feel more comfortable asking their own peers questions. They are usually on the same level as you are. (Alissa R.)
    ... peer help can really help students to get back on track. (Christine B.)

It makes the assignment or project more fun.

    A group creates a "comfort zone" . . .(Brittany G.)
    It makes the assignment or project more fun. (Aric S.)

I really like working in groups, especially in lab.

    Working together in the lab typically results in working together further outside of the lab - both on the lab itself and studying in general. This is not necessarily expected, but it is a beneficial side effect for all parties involved. (Kristy M.)
    ...when we were working with the molecule kits; at first we were all baffled, but as we teamed up, designated jobs and puzzled the task out together, each group member came to a better understanding of molecular structures than we would have had we been left to our own devices. (Christine B.)

Years from now... teaches social skills while it is teaching us about chemistry. Some of these skills include cooperation, teamwork, and communication skills. We learn to work together to achieve a common goal and how to problem solve together. (Carolyn S.)
    If you cannot get along with others and listen to their ideas, I feel that it is very hard to manage in life. (Ross A.)

To see the rest of the student comments, visit the Teaching Story by Cathy Middlecamp.

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