#ill­study­with­you ini­tia­tive grows

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JAN CRONJE

UNI­VER­SITY stu­dents, lec­tur­ers and mem­bers of the pub­lic have come to­gether on­line to find novel ways for stu­dents to pre­pare for their up­com­ing ex­ams un­der the ban­ner of #ill­study­with­you.

The hash­tag move­ment was launched on Wed­nes­day by UCT Eco­nom­ics lec­turer Kather­ine Eyal, who uses the Twit­ter han­dle @ka­tri­nayel­low.

She told Week­end Ar­gus yes­ter­day that “ev­ery­body loves a good hash­tag”.

“It’s a lovely idea and there have been lots of con­crete of­fers,” Eyal added.

It re­mains to be seen to what ex­tent the cam­paign can give prac­ti­cal help to stu­dents in need, how­ever.

“Time to share re­sources. Leave no one be­hind!” Eyal tweeted, added that there had been hun­dreds of of­fers on so­cial me­dia of men­tor­ing, exam coach­ing, free wifi and even of­fers to use lap­tops.

In a tweet, Eyal com­pared the #ill­study­with­you cam­paign to that of #ill­ride­with­you, an Aus­tralian cam­paign launched via so­cial me­dia in 2014. Against a back­drop of in­tol­er­ance against peo­ple in Mus­lim dress, Aus­tralians of­fered to ride along with them.

As the # ill­study­with­you cam­paign grew, users posted how they could help and near which uni­ver­si­ties they were based. “Any­one at UCT in need of help, es­pe­cially with his­tory, an­thro­pol­ogy, so­ci­ol­ogy, lit­er­a­ture, lin­guis­tics, ar­chae­ol­ogy,” posted his­to­rian Eve Wong, who is study­ing to­wards a PhD in an­thro­pol­ogy.

“Dear UWC UCT stu­dent in me­dia stud­ies/jour­nal­ism – I’m more than happy to help wher­ever I can,” wrote jour­nal­ist Miriam Man­nak.

While some of­fered men­tor­ing, oth­ers of­fered the use of a com­puter. UCT stu­dents who use Telkom, MTN and Cell C ser­vices can go on­line to ac­cess uni­ver­sity re­sources for free. But some stu­dents com­plained of not hav­ing smart­phones or com­put­ers.

As a re­sult, some so­cial me­dia users of­fered help.

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