Pair students with similar skills to avoid one student dominating the collaboration.

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Research suggests that students benefit most when they are paired with a student with similar skills. This isn’t always possible, but significant gaps in skills sometimes lead to the weaker student only sitting and watching or mindlessly following their partner’s commands.

Example: "Find your assigned pair programming buddy!"

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