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Mixer #123 | Intermediate B1

Studying alone or in groups

Listen to six people share if they like to study alone or in groups.

Katia / Mexico
speakerI prefer studying alone, because if I have to work on one particular issue, I stay as long as I need to, studying that part. So, I'd rather study by myself.


Sunny / Korea
speakerI think I prefer studying in groups, because I can find out many things that I haven't thought about, and then we can do some little chit-chats after studying.


Dani / England
speakerAlone, definitely. I kind of like to be in control of my own learning. I feel like with groups, it's too easy to get distracted.


Shiloh / United States
speakerI definitely prefer studying alone. Like I said before about team sports, I am an individualist. I like working in teams theoretically, but a lot of times, it doesn't work. My problem is that a lot of the time, I don't study for tests until the night before, so it's difficult to get groups together and study for the test. And I find that although maybe you learn better when you're studying in groups, it takes a lot longer and you get a lot less done in the same period of time. So, when I'm by myself, I'm able to just power through the material and study hard and get it done.

Phoebe / China
speakerDo you like to study alone or in a group? My answer will be in a group. Definitely. Because when you study alone, you need to have high self-motivation. I'm kind of lack of that, so I need a group.

Gareth / England
speakerI prefer studying alone, but I like to collaborate with other people and to discuss ideas. I think collaboration can help you to develop your own ideas and see things from a different point of view.

Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!

find out


I prefer groups because I can find out many things that I haven't thought about.

To find out means to learn or discover some information. Notice the following:

  1. She just found out she is pregnant. She is so happy!
  2. Before we book a room, let's find out if that hotel has a pool.



I feel like with groups, it's too easy to get distracted.

If you are distracted, that means you are having trouble focusing or paying attention. Notice the following:

  1. It is easy to get distracted when the TV is on.
  2. When I work, I often get distracted by the street traffic outside my window.



I am an individualist, but I also I like working in teams.

An individualist is someone who prefers to do things alone. Notice the following:

  1. Golf is a good sport for individualists.
  2. At work he is an individualist. He does not work well in teams.

power through


I'm able to just power through the material

When you power through something, you work through it with difficulty but determination. Notice the following:

  1. I was tired, but I somehow powered through all the chapters in the book.
  2. He was sick at work, but he powered through the day.



I like to collaborate with other people and to discuss ideas.

When you collaborate, you work with others to create something. Notice the following:

  1. The two women collaborated on the book.
  2. When you collaborate with other people, you tend to get a better product.


Vocabulary Quiz

find out • distracted • individualist
power through • collaborate
  1. I like to with others on projects .
  2. He hates to collaborate. He is an .
  3. She gets easily in class.
  4. They need to when the plane arrives.
  5. I feel so tired but I just need to the day.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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