Back in January 2016, I stumbled across the Studyblr community on Tumblr. It was insanely inspiring. From there, I somehow stumbled into the Studygram community. Similar to Tumblr, it was a growing group of people who dedicated their accounts to sharing the ups and downs of their academic careers. I knew I wanted to join straight away.
I’ve now been part of the Studygram community for around 10 months. In that time I’ve somehow managed to gain 40,000 followers (which blows my mind). I’ve made friends, met a crazily diverse range of people and learnt a lot about myself along the way. I’m often fielding questions about what it takes to join the Studygram community and why people should, so today I thought I’d share my thoughts on why you should join the Studygram community.
- It’s inspirational and motivational. Seeing other people working hard, achieving things and getting good grades really does motivate you to improve your own work. It’s also super inspiring to see people you follow reach their goals and achieve their dreams.
- It takes nothing to create an account and keep it updated. Honestly, I know the whole aesthetic aspect of Studygram can be intimidating but all you need to start an account is a phone, an Instagram account and some work to photo. That’s it. Whatever stationery you have is fine, however you prefer to take notes is fine and whatever your study space looks like is fine because having pretty notes, the best stationery, and the most Tumblr worthy desk is not the point of Studygram.
- It’s a great way to meet people. I’ve met so many people that I wouldn’t have ever had the chance of getting to know thanks to Studygram. It’s a little community, so if you comment on other posts, encourage others and make an effort, you’ll have no trouble making friends. I know that there have even been a few people who have met in real life now, thanks to Studygram.
- It can actually help you improve your grades. This is simple. You work so you have something to post, inadvertently doing your work and improving your grade.
- It can improve your work ethic. Much like the previous point, Studygram can kind of force you into a routine. You work on your homework straight after class instead of procrastinating, so you have something to post and eventually it becomes a habit. You don’t even think about it. This greatly improves you work ethic.
- You can learn through others. Studygram is a community of academics. The great thing about that is we share tips, tricks, and resources. I would never have learnt the beauty that is the Cornell Notetaking method if it weren’t for Studygram!
- It teaches you about your own study habits. A big thing on Studygram is beautifully handwritten notes. I tried, so damn hard, to make that work for me and failed miserably. All I learnt from that process is that I don’t take in information well by handwriting time and it wastes a hell of a lot of time perfecting titles all for nothing. I would never have known that without trying. I wouldn’t have tried without Studygram. I’ve also learnt that I suck at keeping a bullet journal, flashcards are my saving grace and post-its are awesome for diagrams.
- There are lots of great resources available. So many people share resources they make. From bullet journal layouts to printables, desktop calendars and even blogs and websites – it’s all there (and most of it’s free!). You can access it all by searching through #studygram on Instagram.
- It’s a good way to document your own journey. This has to be my favourite thing about having a Studygram account. I’ve got a visual diary of all of my hard work. I’m going to know what I was working on a year ago, see where I struggled and what I’ve overcome. I’ve got a record of most of my undergraduate degree and I think that is so damn awesome.
The Studygram community is an amazing little online community. Give it a chance and see what you can accomplish!
Do you follow any Studygrams? Or do you have a Studygram? Let me know in the comments below, I’m always looking for new people to get to know and follow!