3 Ways Collaboration Can Lead to a More Manageable Course Load

When it comes to studying, two is often better than one

Many hands make light work. And in the classroom, many minds can have the same effect. Students who take the lead in terms of encouraging partnerships not only establish themselves as leaders, they boost morale and collegiality, as well.

But the real benefit comes from learning how to work smart, so assignments aren’t as difficult to complete. Here are three ways Branford Hall students can use collaboration to keep one another up to date, while making test prep more enjoyable and working to achieve several mutual goals.

1. Divide study terms into segments

Whether you’re enrolled at Branford to become a professional fitness trainer or a health claim specialist, there will always be some terms that you and other students will be required to learn. The good news is students can ease that burden by agreeing to work in small groups.

The idea is to take a list of study terms and break them down into equal parts, having one student assume responsibility for each segment. Once the terms and definitions have been written out, you can exchange each of your lists via email. This way, every student is saving a significant amount of time, and as the test moves closer, you can even quiz one another by writing the original terms and definitions down on the front and back of index cards.

2. Develop a Text Exchange

In the age of smart phones and mobile devices, text messages are a great way to ask fellow students a quick question or engage in ongoing feedback. Small groups can develop what’s known as a “text exchange” (i.e., a text-message “buddy list”) that is dedicated to collaborating on issues that pertain to handling assignments.

Maybe one student needs help finding the appropriate resource; maybe another can direct students to a web page that provides great ideas. What text messaging does is allow for a constant – and sometimes even spontaneous – flow of ideas.

3. Create a social media group

Assuming the instructor approves it, starting an online group for students in your specific campus’s career training program could represent a valuable means of exchanging ideas.

Once a moderator has been chosen, all the process requires is collecting email addresses so any students who are interested can be sent an invite. Students can use the forum to request info, while also posting reminders about upcoming assignments (or even class cancellations). Students can even pass along links to online articles and websites that pertain to the program.

As a general tip, make sure the group remains “closed” so only affiliated members can post or view any content. This way members can avoid feedback from people who aren’t enrolled at the same campus, or in the same program. Short-term, the group is meant to boost morale while making it easier for students to collaborate, but an online forum might also represent a valuable resource once Branford graduates begin to embark upon their job search.