When searching for a study buddy, it’s important to find someone who shares the same goals as you.
It is also helpful if their study schedule marries up with your own. You'll then be able to complete assignments together, or quiz each other before exams.
There’s plenty of different ways to find the right study buddy. You can ask around in class and leave your contact details on a noticeboard. Or you can search online for the right partner in Facebook groups or on virtual notice boards.
Does my study buddy have to study the same course?
You study buddy doesn't have to be in the same class or course as you. While there are benefits to sharing course material, sometimes it's helpful to pair up with a student who has a similar work ethic to you and who you gel well with.
While studying at VU, meet like-minded students at a club, or attend a drop-in session at a Learning Hub space, to connect with other students in your discipline.
Under VU's Block Model, students learn together in interactive, workshop-style classes, three days a week. This learning environment allows you to get to know not only your teachers, but your classmates too.
Your buddy doesn't need to already be a friend – in fact, it may be better for you both if they aren’t. Friends can distract rather than help you meet your study goals.
Can I only have a study buddy when I am studying at a university?
Study buddies are helpful, no matter where you're studying – whether it be at TAFE or elsewhere.
If you're undergoing vocational training at institutions like VU Polytechnic, you may find it helpful to find a buddy to work through course content with.
This can be particularly beneficial for practical applications, where you can share knowledge of certain skills and techniques required for your future career.