It’s very easy to swipe away the hours browsing other peoples’ feeds but it may not get you very far on your own journey to academic greatness, or any sort of greatness for that matter! However, social media isn’t all bad and there many ways that you can use it to your advantage.
Here’s some ideas to get you started:
- Facebook: Create groups with fellow students on your course or with students from all over the world. This a great way to share ideas, links, inspiration and questions you may need answering. Through this process you may also learn a great deal just by communicating with others about your subject. Go on try it today.
- Twitter: Start a #discussion. You could start tweeting using your own hashtag or find others that are being used by experts in your field. The amount of links and research articles you can find by doing this is staggering, you almost feel like you are cheating, but you’re simply using the amazing power of the network to your advantage.
- Instagram: Keep a visual journal of uni studies to inspire others and keep yourself on track. You may give your account the name ‘Engineering Journey’ or ‘Maths @ Oxford’ By Starting each post with Day 1, Week 1 or First Semester you are giving yourself a structure to follow and hopefully this will encourage you post the next one and the one after that and so on. Over time you may build up a following and who knows who you could come in to contact with. As with Twitter you can harness the power of the hashtag to connect instantly with people from all over the world.
- SnapChat: Post daily discoveries or questions. Set up SnapChat Squads or use GeoFilters to keep fellow students informed. You could also follow your own uni. Here’s a list of UK universities using SnapChat