We Study with Running Pace Maker
Hanyangians help each other with Running Pace Maker
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It is often tough to study for university lectures alone. Running Pace Maker is a program that supports Hanyangians in their efforts to study difficult major courses with their colleagues and seniors as a group. Students who participate in Running Pace Maker form small groups with others who are studying for the same class. Participating members are provided with scholarships as a support fund, and teams that demonstrate active participation and cooperation are selected as superb teams and receive awards.
Growing together with the group members
Koo Su-jin (Department of Electronic Engineering, 3rd year) and Jeong Hee-do (Department of Electronic Engineering, 3rd year) are currently participating in Running Pace Maker to study for their major class, Integrated Circuits. Their team studies online twice a week through a video conferencing system.
Koo joined Running Pace Maker last year. Since then, she has recommended the program to her peers, and Jeong joined this semester as well. The two said they received a lot of help from their team members in reviewing lecture materials and learning the concepts in depth. Initially, they were worried because their major classes require understanding a vast number of concepts, but together with the group members, they can contribute different knowledge and understand the difficult details as well.
Each practice session starts with one chosen presenter explaining the concepts, followed by the team discussing additional and more detailed information. After each session, the team makes summary notes based on what they studied. Koo said they plan to share them with all the students in their department.
“There were inconveniences because we had to communicate online, but we could study well thanks to the hard-working team. The members participated in the sessions even when they had a lot of assignments and were having a hard time. I feel very lucky to be part of this team,” said Koo.
Running Pace Maker gave me confidence
Park Chan-gyer (Department of Architecture, 2nd year) joined Running Pace Maker last year, on his friend’s recommendation. At the time, Park said he was having a hard time in one of his major classes, Design. He wondered how his peers were coping with their problems and decided to join the study group.
One thing he has realized through the study group is that even for the same project, students deal with the topic from infinitely different approaches. “We designed a rooftop idle space once, and each member came up with entirely different approaches and development methods,” said Park. “We spend much of our time exchanging thoughts and ideas with each other, and it definitely allows us to grow.”
This study method has also changed his personality. Until last year, he was not the kind of person to share his work with others out of a fear of being compared. However, during his studies, Park has experienced more positive cheering, encouragement, and sincere advice than comparison, and it has made him more confident around others.
“Right now, the lack of face-to-face experiences due to the coronavirus is a huge disadvantage, but because of that, the team is working harder on their studies,” said Park. He thanks his group members for openly sharing their thoughts and opinions, and understanding each other's ways.
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