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Tweet to Stay Focused

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 | Posted in USF Writing Center Blog: Tips, News, and Updates by Karen Langbehn | No Comments »

Do you ever find yourself zoning out while trying to finish your homework? It’s easy to lose focus while trying to get work done outside of the classroom. It’s even harder if that work is in a subject that doesn’t hold our interest.

Researchers at Lock Haven University recently completed a study where they asked students to Tweet about the class outside of class time. They found that students stayed more interested and engaged with the course if they were asked to “micro-blog” via Twitter on their own time.

“Professors Use Twitter to Increase Student Engagement and Grades” http://bit.ly/hWK7pF

What do you do if your professor isn’t the Tweeting type? Check your professor first, and you can make this work with some classmates on your own. Create a hashtag for your class (like this: #IT101) and start tweeting. You can do this in your class and across other sections as well. It’s kind of like meeting up at Starbucks to talk about class, except you’re doing it online.

A few tips for Tweeting about class:

  • Keep the conversation focused on the subject material. Stay professional.
  • Don’t complain about the class, you never know who is reading what you write.
  • Watch your tone, it can be hard to express a joke online.
  • Send links, but shorten them through sites like bitly and tiny url so they fit easily in the 140 character limit.
  • Let your instructor know what you’re doing so he or she can join.
 

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