Studying is the main duty of a student. Students can study alone or with someone. Both have their advantages. 

In class, our teachers never put us down for asking questions. We are all girls; there are no boys in our class. When a student studies alone outside of class, she is free to focus on what she needs to work on and study the areas she has problems with. 

Studying alone, a student can manage her time and spend more energy solving her problems. For instance, I always struggled with physiology—it made me crazy and I hated my teacher. But after I focused and recognized what my problem was, I was able to solve it and I went on to score well on the test. This method encourages me to be more independent and handle problems myself. 

Studying together is recommended by most people because this method increases leadership skills. It helps us learn how to lead a group of people to a successful result. 

For instance, my English is a little bit better than my older sister Mona’s. Sometimes she asks me to work with her. I taught Mona that a propositional phrase cannot be the subject of a sentence—she was surprised about that. In the TOEFL test, in the true-or-false section, there was this sentence: “With his friend went to play football.” This sentence is wrong because it doesn’t have a subject. “With his friend” is not a subject. Mona says that she can understand better when she studies with me because I can tell her what her mistakes are.  

I prefer to study alone because I can understand the material better, and in a group it takes a lot of time to solve everyone’s problems. Self-studying teaches me to be independent in solving my problems; this is helpful because having access to a group to study with is not always possible. 

By Fatima H.

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