6 Extreme Benefits of blogging for students
Student blogs are now commonplace, in fact, some curriculum insist that students have a blog. For example, the American and European teaching courses often ask students to upload one of their essays onto a blog.
Social media is slowly working its way into the teaching process, and some institutions insist that students post at least one blog post to show that they understand the principles. It is also a nice (if not novel) way of checking a student’s newest essay.
But, if we leave the national curriculum to one side for a moment, are there actually any benefits to a student having a blog?
The answer lies with the student. Some students learn better if they speak their notes aloud or present them to a class. Other people work well if they mind-map their study notes or turn them into a PowerPoint presentation.
Some students (especially in the programming community) are thriving through creating video tutorials of the things they have learnt. Not only is it a good revision exercise, it actually helps them to cement some of their most foundation principles in their mind. Some people are able to do all of this by typing up their notes, and if this is the case, then adding them to a blog is only common sense.
A student may be able to revise his or her notes via a blog
In the same way that creating a video tutorial may help some people, typing up a blog and posting it online may help others. Some people make lots of notes during their lectures.
All a student needs to do is type up these notes and bulk them out with revision from learning material (textbooks mostly). Not only is this a good way of remembering what was said in the lecture, it also allows the student to expand on what he or she is learning.
The material that is typed up is not lost, because it goes online onto a blog. The blog may later be used by the student in order to revise.
Students are able to swap study notes
If more than one student types up and posts his/her study notes, then both students may share their ideas via their blogs. Each may plug holes in the other person’s knowledge, or remind one student of something that he or she may have missed during the lecture.
If more student do this, then there is a good chance that a supportive online mini-community will be formed, where each pool their knowledge for better learning.
It offers the student a diary of the things that he or she has learn
This can be a very powerful tool when it comes to revising for tests or doing coursework. We are all human, and the things we have learnt at the beginning of the term are often a grey memory by the end of it. That is why using a blog as a learning diary is such a good idea.
When a student revises, he or she can go right back to his or her blog and start from post number one. This has the added benefit of the fact that all the things that were written were done when the material was fresh in the students mind. It is far better than going back to the first chapter of a textbook and trying to re-read it all.
Traffic to the blog may actually generate a few dollars upon occasion
Blogs have been known to generate a few dollars per month, thanks to affiliate advertising. If your blog starts to receive traffic from people within the same study field as you, then adding affiliate adverts may not be such a bad idea. The few clicks that you get from them will pay off at the end of each month by paying you a few cents per click. It is not much, but it is better than nothing.
A student may suddenly become seen as an expert through a successful blog
A successful blog that is crammed full of information about the student’s field of study may elevate the student to the position of an online expert. If you link your blog to your LinkedIn profile, and to a lesser extent, your Facebook profile, you may find that other people start to regard you as an online expert.
If you can keep this image going until it is time to start looking for a job, then it may help to improve your credibility a great deal. This is especially true if employers have already started to notice your expertise before you even graduate.
A blog may help to show employers just how much you learned and how good you are
You can mention your blog to the HR team of the job you are trying to apply for. You can mention how you updated it every week whilst you were in college, and how it chronicles your learning. Not only will this help to prove that you did not pay someone to do your essays for you, it may even impress them enough to employ you above people who already have experience in the job you are applying for.