Introducing the Study Helpers!

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As some of you may have seen from the thread promoting volunteering opportunities on TSR (here), we're now pleased to announce the opening of the Study Helpers group for applications!

We've set out the role in detail here (link), but in summary, Study Helpers are those who are consistently offering help and good advice to members in the Study Help forums. This is an evolution of the Study Help Member of the Month award, allowing us to broaden the scope of those whose contributions we recognise.

For ease of reference, I've reproduced the detailed role description below:
Study Helper role
Why do we need Study Helpers?
The Student Room is the world's largest student community, with more than 1.3m members. The Study Help forum is an essential part of TSR: a place where students can come to discuss, ask questions and receive help and support in their studies. We need to build on our existing team of wonderful volunteers to create an active team of Study Helpers and build a thriving community based around students helping students.

The role:
Our Study Helpers are there to provide thoughtful, constructive help to their fellow members/students.
Our Study Helpers encourage students to figure out the answers for themselves, rather than just handing them the solutions.
Our Study Helpers are always positive, encouraging and understanding. There are no stupid questions!
Our Study Helpers create a welcoming and supportive atmosphere, and encourage other members to get involved.
Our Study Helpers are active in responding to unanswered threads.

Benefits:
Our Study Helpers will develop great skills that will help them across other areas of their life.
Our Study Helpers will gain experience that will look great on CVs and in personal statements.

Support:
Our Study Helpers will have access to their own private forum where they can connect with each other, ask questions and receive guidance and feedback.
Our Study Helpers will be able to choose what area they feel they are best able to contribute to, but will not be limited to this alone.
Our Study Helpers will be supported by the Community Team and the Study Help Moderation team.

You would make a great Study Helper if...
...You are already active in writing quality posts and supporting students with their studies.
...You have no active yellow cards at a site-wide level.

If you'd like to put yourself forward for the role, please post in the dedicated subforum of Moderation Queries here (link), with a brief explanation of why you think you'd make a good Study Helper. Note that before we can accept a new member into the Study Helper group, we'll look to see that they're active in the Study Help forum, consistently making good posts and not breaking the rules.

If this sounds like something that you'd like to get involved in, we'd love to hear from you! Of course, if you have any questions at all, please post here and we'll try to answer these for you.
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I have made posts on English Lit GCSE, and have helped a lot of people with their exams and coursework, but mostly via private messaging. Since I am very rarely posting in the Study Help forum, does that disclude me?
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I have made posts on English Lit GCSE, and have helped a lot of people with their exams and coursework, but mostly via private messaging. Since I am very rarely posting in the Study Help forum, does that disclude me?
We'd generally need to see evidence of activity in the forums themselves, but you're welcome to put yourself forward.
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I'm a little unsure who study helpers will be helping. Is this service primarily aimed at GCSE/A level students, or is it going to encompass all forms of 'study'?

I don't think I'd be much help to GCSE or A level students, having never done them myself - I'd much rather help people who are looking for an alternative routes into university, or with foreign languages/area studies in general as that is what I know about. :hmmmm2:
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I'm a little unsure who study helpers will be helping. Is this service primarily aimed at GCSE/A level students, or is it going to encompass all forms of 'study'?

I don't think I'd be much help to GCSE or A level students, having never done them myself - I'd much rather help people who are looking for an alternative routes into university, or with foreign languages/area studies in general as that is what I know about. :hmmmm2:
All forms of study :yep: This is about recognising our top contributors to the Study Help section, whatever the subject or level of their contributions.
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How can you have spent more than 10 minutes on the tsr study forums and still think there's no such thing as a stupid question?

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How can you have spent more than 10 minutes on the tsr study forums and still think there's no such thing as a stupid question?

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Something that you might think of as obvious may well not be to others. Of course, if you're talking about anything rule-breaking then please report it to us.
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whats the reason we have to put in the reason box.?
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whats the reason we have to put in the reason box.?
I assume you mean on the user groups page, in which case you don't need to put anything in there. Make sure you also create a thread in the study helper applications form (linked in OP) though, and give a brief explanation of why you think you're suited to the role.


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Something that you might think of as obvious may well not be to others. Of course, if you're talking about anything rule-breaking then please report it to us.
It's less in the sense of 'obvious to some' and more along the lines of people asking for definitions they could get in 10 seconds from Google and that sort of thing, or asking questions that miss out half the question so are completely unanswerable.


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(Original post by Illusionary)
As some of you may have seen from the thread promoting volunteering opportunities on TSR (here), we're now pleased to announce the opening of the Study Helpers group for applications!

We've set out the role in detail here (link), but in summary, Study Helpers are those who are consistently offering help and good advice to members in the Study Help forums. This is an evolution of the Study Help Member of the Month award, allowing us to broaden the scope of those whose contributions we recognise.

For ease of reference, I've reproduced the detailed role description below:
Study Helper role
Why do we need Study Helpers?
The Student Room is the world's largest student community, with more than 1.3m members. The Study Help forum is an essential part of TSR: a place where students can come to discuss, ask questions and receive help and support in their studies. We need to build on our existing team of wonderful volunteers to create an active team of Study Helpers and build a thriving community based around students helping students.

The role:
Our Study Helpers are there to provide thoughtful, constructive help to their fellow members/students.
Our Study Helpers encourage students to figure out the answers for themselves, rather than just handing them the solutions.
Our Study Helpers are always positive, encouraging and understanding. There are no stupid questions!
Our Study Helpers create a welcoming and supportive atmosphere, and encourage other members to get involved.
Our Study Helpers are active in responding to unanswered threads.

Benefits:
Our Study Helpers will develop great skills that will help them across other areas of their life.
Our Study Helpers will gain experience that will look great on CVs and in personal statements.

Support:
Our Study Helpers will have access to their own private forum where they can connect with each other, ask questions and receive guidance and feedback.
Our Study Helpers will be able to choose what area they feel they are best able to contribute to, but will not be limited to this alone.
Our Study Helpers will be supported by the Community Team and the Study Help Moderation team.

You would make a great Study Helper if...
...You are already active in writing quality posts and supporting students with their studies.
...You have no active yellow cards at a site-wide level.

If you'd like to put yourself forward for the role, please post in the dedicated subforum of Moderation Queries here (link), with a brief explanation of why you think you'd make a good Study Helper. Note that before we can accept a new member into the Study Helper group, we'll look to see that they're active in the Study Help forum, consistently making good posts and not breaking the rules.

If this sounds like something that you'd like to get involved in, we'd love to hear from you! Of course, if you have any questions at all, please post here and we'll try to answer these for you.
am i able to specialize in one subject? cause i will be able to offer help most for geography
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am i able to specialize in one subject? cause i will be able to offer help most for geography
Yes, of course :yes: It's natural that most people will have a 'speciality' subject.
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Yes, of course :yes: It's natural that most people will have a 'speciality' subject.
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(Answered my own question!)
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All forms of study :yep: This is about recognising our top contributors to the Study Help section, whatever the subject or level of their contributions.
So it's not actually providing any sort of service, just giving a pat on the back to people who already help.

Fantastic, just what we all need
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So it's not actually providing any sort of service, just giving a pat on the back to people who already help.

Fantastic, just what we all need
Such a cynic.

In any case, think this is a good idea. Would be honoured to be considered.
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If you'd like to put yourself forward for the role, please post in the dedicated subforum of Moderation Queries here (link), with a brief explanation of why you think you'd make a good Study Helper. Note that before we can accept a new member into the Study Helper group, we'll look to see that they're active in the Study Help forum, consistently making good posts and not breaking the rules.
I am a bit confused here. Do totally new members to the website post a thread on your link or do all of us do it? *confused*

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I am a bit confused here. Do totally new members to the website post a thread on your link or do all of us do it? *confused*

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Anyone who wants to be considered to join the group should post a thread in the applications forum. We'd only accept those with a proven history of helping in Study Help.

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Anyone who wants to be considered to join the group should post a thread in the applications forum. We'd only accept those with a proven history of helping in Study Help.

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Okie dokie. Thanks
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It's less in the sense of 'obvious to some' and more along the lines of people asking for definitions they could get in 10 seconds from Google and that sort of thing, or asking questions that miss out half the question so are completely unanswerable.
Part of being a good teacher is helping people to ask the right questions
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