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I think so 100%. Its really good to have friends can motivate you and also friends that give you competition in order for you to strive to be the best. 

As a general rule yes, definately. But there are always exceptions - I always picked up maths easier studying on my own for example.

Most definitely, just think of the cockroach races! Just a slightly random answer!

I also believe it does! :D they can inspire and motivate you :)

Yes. Companions act as role models and we learn most of our behaviours through social learning (by watching others and being influenced by what we see them reaping for their behaviour). e.g. If you see someone do something antisocial and getting rewarded for it you are more likely to try the same kind of thing yourself, whereas if you observe them getting into trouble and don't perceive this as a 'fun' thing or reward then you are likely to avoid the same behaviour.

Yes, I believe it does. You usually compete with your friends, and if they are on a higher education level than you, you get filled with the urge to try hard in school and strive to be the best. In grade 9, I was friends with a lot of people, but in grade 10, when I squared my friends down to the smart people, I knew I had to step my game up. I hope this helps, study hard and have a good school year this September!

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