Delving into the Study Groups of Hanyang
Achieving academic success outside the classroom
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University students aspire to many new goals - from receiving good grades to passing entry exams for their career. However, taking on these challenging goals all by oneself often leads to demotivation and procrastination. That is why many students turn to study groups and team up with others who share similar goals and levels of determination.
Kim Ji-hoon (College of Economics and Finance, 4th year) is a member of a study group of seven people preparing for the annual banking corporations exam. The group meets twice a week for three hours, focusing on learning the overall curriculum of economics and practicing the economics essay-writing part of the exam. “We spend most of our time on meticulous and specific problem-solving to best prepare for the exam that is only held once a year,” said Kim.
The biggest advantage of group study, said Kim, is the positive peer-pressure. “As all seven members are devoted to the same goal and are very diligent, it creates a lot of motivation for each other.” Kim said fees for tardiness were also imposed on the members to boost motivation, “however, all members, regardless of the rule, exhibit diligence since they all connect the study group activities to future employment.” Moreover, challenging subjects such as macroeconomics and econometrics, which can be stressful when studied alone, are tackled efficiently in a group. On a personal note, Kim also learned modesty from working with many partners.
Chae Seung-hak (Mechanical Engineering, 4th year) is currently in a study group in which the students from Engineering Mathematics I and II have teamed up in a group with one mentor and three mentees. They meet once a week and ask each other any questions they had in class, as well as learn tips on how to solve exam problems from the senior mentor. “All curriculum is adjusted based on the needs of the mentees. Thus, the mentees say they benefit from the group study in the most efficient way,” said Chae.
When you have a difficult goal, whether it's preparing for future employment or studying for exams, study groups are certainly a creative and helpful way to achieve it. Presenting them with a brighter future, the participants of study groups at Hanyang are always happy to accept new members.
Lee Yoon-seo firstname.lastname@example.org
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