Social networking is the latest pick among the students to stay connected, share their views with others and remain updated. The article discusses why social networking can be helpful for the engineering students to have enhanced learning experience!

Social Networks | Student Caring Social networks can be useful not only for professionals and companies seeking a profit from them, but they can also work as an interesting tool for students who have not yet entered the job market and are still pursuing technical education in engineering colleges or institutions.

If this is your case, here you will meet some of the advantages that social networks have to offer the students, which will serve to better understand its usefulness in this stage where you are.

Allowing work in groups more easily

If you constantly work in groups with other students, you probably know how difficult it can be to coordinate for the projects. While some may have commitments towards the family, others have already scheduled recreational activities or even could be sick.

To be communicated more easily, you can make use of different sites and programs, such as Facebook mobile applications so that you can chat with your mates, deciding who does what part of group work and make decisions without having to wait for everyone to be together. It could even save a lot of time of the individuals and will also help you to move ahead of students pursuing same engineering courses.

Stay informed of events and news

While some prefer to see on a regular basis on television news or read on the Internet, others are less interested in following them in the media.

If you are not interested to visit different sites that contain information about your projects, you can stay informed by creating lists of interests on Facebook or following news media on Twitter. It all depends on what your favorite networks are!

Update your knowledge of technology

Earlier, the professionals before yours have had to re-examine and update their knowledge to use computers, sending emails or even learn how to connect to the Internet, but for the students of your generation, that is innate. If you spend a lot of time connected to Facebook, Twitter or Google+ for example, you are easy to adapt to the constant changes and technology updates on social networks. You can easily upload photos; take videos, tag friends and use online collaboration tools for productive purposes. Therefore, without realizing you updated your technological skills, which will prepare you for a world which is an increasingly connected workplace and where this type of technology is used frequently.

Universitites | Student CaringAllow ideas exchange and meet students from other universities

An interesting way to expand your horizons and perspectives is to know students from other countries and cultures. This will help you better understand how we relate to others, the differences between one country and another and the way every day millions of students live around the globe.

An example of this is the pictures that many students from other regions share in Instagram. If you pay attention, you will see that their college days are as similar as yours are. If you are interested, you can even strike up conversations with them, to tell them more about their daily lives and better understand their culture as well as lifestyles.

You are given the opportunity to develop original and creative projects

If you are interested in computer technology, you can use social networking to develop interesting projects for your upcoming class work. For example, you could create an application that connects to Facebook, computational filters that mimic those in Instagram or Twitter account to publish quotes from some famous novelist, and then see how they react to other users of the network. If you are passionate over the side of the humanities, can develop projects that touch the issue of privacy on Facebook or addiction that some people suffer and that leads them to be permanently connected to the Internet and these networks.

Rashmi KaranAuthor Bio: Rashmi Karan writes for the leading Indian education website, particularly for the higher education aspirants. She offers suggestions related to all engineering education & career related queries and dilemmas.


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