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The Benefit of Hands on Learning

Hands-on learning is not the most common method of teaching at any school or through many courses.  When you come across that rare class that doesn’t even have desks in its “classroom”, it’s a refreshing experience. At first, it might seem uncomfortable because instead of sitting at a desk and taking notes while the professor talks for a majority of the class, you’re the one talking and interacting with your classmates and doing things you’ve never done or aren’t familiar with yet. Graphic from Shutterstock

It can be unsettling at first because doing something you aren’t used to doing can be difficult and somewhat awkward, especially if you have to do this around your classmates and professor watching you to see how you are doing and if you’re improving over the period of the course. Having a hands-on learning class is an experience that changes the way you think about school and learning.

Most people spend their college careers stressing over tests and papers but the students who are learning hands-on have to complete tasks such as filming something or putting together projects that are due at the end of the semester. They have room for errors just like other students, but with their error comes more attempts and eventually success because they have physically practiced certain tasks over and over again to perfect their habits.

Most of my classes do not have desks and we are standing up or working physically on what we would be doing after we graduate. It’s nice to be able to graduate and have confidence and knowledge in understanding exactly what you have to do for a certain job. The hands on learning in school helps you to go into the real world with a lot of experience that other people don’t have or won’t have as much of.  Hands-on learning is such a great way to give college students who are about to enter the real world a type of confidence that most recent graduates will not have.



You’re in charge!

There’s something in the back of your mind: “Wouldn’t it be nice if RU had a club like that?” You know, you don’t have to keep daydreaming about your ultimate club. You can make one at RU as long as you have a vision, but how can you make that happen? All you have to do is walk into the S.O.A.R. office to get started. When you ask how to start a club, they’ll give you a packet that includes all of the instructions you’ll need.

The first thing it’ll tell you to do is to meet with the Assistant Director for Student Involvement to file your application. The application is relatively short and only asks for your organizations name and description, along with a little bit of your own contact information to supply.

Shortly after that, you’re going to need to strategize and come up with an interest meeting to recruit new club members. Along with those key things, the directions go on to explain how to conduct the first meetings and when the best times for them are. For instance, there should be more than one interest meeting and they should be at various times.

After that, you need an advisor for the organization. This doesn’t mean that the advisor for your group will have authority over it though. It’s more to keep RU informed about your club. The advisor is meant to be your support system and ally. They can even help you come up with your organization’s constitution.

Your organization’s constitution is somewhat a club syllabus. It informs members what your purpose is in writing. It also includes some technical things to make what you’re running is legitimate. This document needs to be reviewed by a committee for approval to make sure that you plan on abiding by RU’s rules within your organization.

After that is approved, you will be asked to make a presentation for the COCO (Committee on Clubs and Organizations). There you will have to be very thorough and give details about all the activities and the nature of your club. The packet also gives you the checklist the COCO will be using to determine whether your club should precede in the application process.

Once the COCO recognizes you, you’re required to create a page on RUInvolved. That way you can communicate with members and show what your club is doing with its events, whether that’s with a bulletin or with pictures. This should be well thought out, since it’s basically your organization’s website and will have to provide quick things about it so that people can learn what it’s about. After all that, you’re finally done and your club can be introduced to the RU campus with the club fair!




Study abroad: Is it worth it?

“Come study in Scotland, Ireland, Italy or France!” posters are in every building here at Radford University. Each one shows a group of students happy and enjoying their leisurely time there. It looks like all fun and games when in reality not all of the programs are based like that. The purpose of a study abroad is to take classes transferable to RU while you aren’t actually there. The possibilities are endless when choosing where to go through the study abroad programs. Continue reading Study abroad: Is it worth it?