How Befriending Classmates Can Benefit Your Education

How Befriending Classmates Can Benefit Your Education

By Manhattan Institute
Posted in Students
On August 17, 2017

Maybe you think you’re too busy for friends or don’t enjoy talking to people. Or maybe you just think that making friends with your classmates will make you spend too much time talking and not enough time paying attention. But it turns out that befriending classmates can benefit your education. Don’t believe us? Read on!

Befriending Classmates Increases Comfort

One of the most important indicators of your education is how comfortable you feel in class. When you don’t understand something, are you comfortable raising your hand and asking a question? If the answer is no, befriending classmates may help increase your comfort level so that next time you feel like you’re drowning in information, you’ll have the confidence to ask for clarification.

Befriending Classmates Fills in Gaps

Even the best students miss class sometimes. Whether it’s because you are sick or you get called into the crummy job that inspired you to go back to school in the first place, you may miss a class or two. Befriending classmates means you always have a set of fallback notes in case you miss something. It also means that you have a responsibility to take good notes when a friend misses class. Bonus win, win!

Befriending Classmates Improves Studying

If you don’t understand something when you look back over your notes, it helps to have a friend you can call on. It’s called comparing notes for a reason. These mini study breaks or full-blown study groups are the underpinnings of an excellent education. By working together, you can combine your understanding and deepen your knowledge.

Befriending Classmates Provides Support

School can be difficult, and you need support. While your family, friends, and co-workers are great sources of encouragement, having friends who are going through the same thing always makes hard times in school easier to bear.

Befriending classmates can benefit your education, and it’s really not that hard. All you have to do is talk to the people around you, participate in class, and offer to help people when you are able. It’s well worth the time and effort it takes.

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