Study buddy anyone?
Find a fellow student
Feedback from students indicates that while most can maintain a good degree of self-motivation, occasionally there is the need to lean on a like-minded friend - to resolve a technical problem, bounce ideas off, or simply remind themselves of why they're doing what they're doing.
That is what has prompted Passacca to launch a new, interactive 'buddy' system that gives students the opportunity to pair up with each other.
How the system helps
Many students begin their studies with good intentions, but end up slipping out of their carefully prepared study programme and falling behind schedule - generating both panic and a lack of motivation as exam dates loom.
'Students attending college classes may find it easy to find someone with whom they can discuss problems, talk about their study programme and research topics,' says Rob Weaver, managing director of Raw Knowledge, the company that runs the website. 'However, distance learners can really struggle. Our interactive buddy system is open to all Fundamentals and Professional level students, worldwide – so it's ideal for anyone taking exams who'd like to get in touch with others in similar situations.'
Making the system work for you
Weaver says that, after identifying fellow students who want to buddy up, it's important to be specific and purposeful to fully benefit: 'First, agree when and how you'll stay in touch - for instance, by a weekly e-mail or Skype,' he advises.
'Then work out what would be useful for both you and your buddy. Ask yourself what you want out of it. Is this an opportunity to discuss a particular topic you've revised, or raise questions you'd like help with? Do you want to work out a study plan that you'll both stick to? Or would you like to share some work - for example, researching how a topic has been tested in the past?'
The study buddy system is geared towards taking action and learning, as well as sharing experiences with others going through the same exams. It can even be used to establish a group of buddies.
Helping each other
According to Weaver, having a study buddy can make a real difference to your efforts to succeed.
Together, buddies might agree to:
- look at a particular topic and discuss any problems encountered by a specified time
- research relevant current issues and swap ideas next time contact is made
- read examiners' articles and reports for specific papers and summarise key points
- listen to podcasts on exam techniques and discuss how each could apply what they've learned
- complete practice questions, e-mail them to each other, and discuss ideas for improvement.
How to join
Simply visit the Passacca website and register as a member - you can then update your profile. You'll also gain access to a number of other benefits, including free audio downloads, access to the student support page and membership benefits area.