This month, we share tips on creating a successful online study group, take a look at the skills needed to land your dream job, explore where programming skills can set you apart, and highlight top Data Science courses on Coursera.
Tips for Building a Successful Online Study Group
Being part of a study group is a great way to learn more about your subject, share ideas and keep yourself motivated. When you create an online study group, putting effort into the group will make sure it stays active and productive.
Here are some tips to get the most out of your online study group.
Decide how you’re going to meet
There are plenty of tools you can use to collaborate with your study group. Decide which one you will use to meet with each other and put this in your group description. Popular free virtual meeting tools you can use are Zoom or Google Meet.
Set the agenda
People have different ways they like to study in an online environment, so you’ll need to decide what works best for you and share this in your group’s overview. For example, do you prefer to study in silence (microphones off). Do you prefer to have the webcam on or off? How long do want each study session to last? You may like to have chat breaks during a session etc. Make sure anyone who joins knows the rules.
Moderate your group and study sessions
If you create a study group, it is your responsibility to keep it active and productive. It is important your members feel welcome and heard. Visit your group regularly and respond to any comments or questions your group members have posted. If you schedule a group video meeting, make sure the group members know the focus of the session – will it be independent study, or will you be discussing a certain topic, for example? You can also ask other group members to be moderators, or take it in turns.
Respect other people’s opinions
The main purpose of a study group is to share ideas and concepts. Make sure everyone has a chance to express their ideas and opinions and encourage your members to listen to what others have to say. Of course, you don’t have to agree, just make sure you do so in a respectful way.
If you’re looking for other students to study with, you can join or create a study group on MoocLab, or find a Study Buddy based on your preferences. Click here to get started.
Essential Skills that will Improve your Chances of Getting a Job
Landing your dream job takes skill. You need to know how to identify the right jobs for your skillset, how to respond to job advertisements, write application letters and resumes that stand out and deliver a successful interview.
MoocLab has hand picked 10 free online courses from top universities that will teach you the skills to help you set yourself apart from the rest. You'll learn how to Identify your key strengths, interpret job advertisements, write application letters and resumes, build professional networks and gain the confidence to succeed in your interview.
Data science is one of the hottest professions of the decade. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges for many industries, the demand for professionals with specialist data skills like data scientists and data engineers has never been greater. In fact, a recent Dice Report showed the demand for data scientists increased by an average of 50% in 2020.
Whether you are looking to break into the field or brush up on skills, Coursera has courses for every level.
While it’s clear that computer programmers need solid programming skills in order to build a successful career, there are numerous not-so-obvious jobs out there where programming skills are incredibly valuable.
More than ever, employers are favoring skills over degrees, so now’s the perfect time to look at upleveling your skill set.