Social Media as a Study Tool: Harnessing the Power of Networking

While surfing Facebook or scrolling Instagram can be a great way to spend a little downtime and boost your mood with funny memes, it has evolved into so much more. When your student is connected to the Internet, they’re not necessarily wasting time or procrastinating (but okay, we know that does happen sometimes); they could actually be delving more deeply into their work.

Social media has developed into a tool that allows students to connect with one another as well as teachers, industry professionals, subject matter experts, and countless others. These can be valuable resources to help them enhance their studies and become more engaged and involved. Before you yell at them to put down their phone or close their laptop, find out what they’re really doing. You may be surprised.

Here are just a few ways that social media can be used as a study tool:

Instant Feedback

It’s 8 p.m. and your child is struggling with their physics assignment. It’s been years since you took physics, so you’re not able to offer much help, and waiting until tomorrow to ask their teacher is too late. What to do? They can hop online and post a question or join a group chat with their classmates, peers, or others who understand the subject. This allows students to get real-time feedback and help with topics or assignments they may not understand. There are also tons of resources available online that they can use.

Broader Discussions

Post a question on Twitter, add a few relevant hashtags, and boom, the conversation has started. People can offer insight from all over the world giving more diverse perspectives. There are opportunities to share articles and resources, connect with professionals (think authors, scientists, teachers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, etc.), and reach a much larger audience than just classroom discussion.

Gathering Data

Is your child doing a research project or conducting a survey? Just reaching out to friends and family could skew results. By sharing their survey on social media, it can reach a more diverse audience and generate increased responses. Suddenly they have a wealth of feedback to use in a short time.

Collaboration

With tools like Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts, students can work together more effectively. Everyone can share their ideas and talk in a group chat. It’s a great way to connect outside of school so they can get more work done without everyone having to meet up at a certain location. Google Docs can be an effective way of sharing, storing, and organizing notes and information so that everyone has access and one person is not doing all of the work.

Creating a Presence

By sharing their thoughts, ideas, and work on social media, students are starting early on building their own presence and identity. It can be a way to show potential employers what they have done and are passionate about. If they’re looking to volunteer or explore career paths, their work can attract attention from connections that can put them in touch with the right people. Furthermore, social media can empower them to get involved with issues they are passionate about and stay up-to-date on the latest news.

Social media can be a powerful tool when used strategically. Students have access to a wealth of information, resources, and connections at their fingertips. Crafting Scholars can help students use resources more effectively to support their learning and study skills as they tackle different subjects or prepare for college. Get your child the personalized help they need to succeed by contacting Crafting Scholars today.

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