This time of year is always fun for sorority women. Big and little sisters have been paired up, new members are being initiated and all members are having fun making memories to last a lifetime. But suddenly, midterms are looming and may be causing some stress, especially with so many classes being held virtually this year. Panhellenic organizations put academic achievement at the top of their priority lists, and every chapter has its own way of helping members succeed in school.
Sorority Academic Resources
The greatest resource for new members is the older members who are ready and willing to help – all you have to do is ask. Find out who is in your major and ask them for advice about professors, classes or for help with studying.
Take advantage of the systems your chapter already has in place.
- Is there a “study closet” where sisters donate textbooks, study guides and other materials when a class is finished?
- Is there a Google Sheet with contacts or a tutoring system that matches members who need help with other chapter members who can provide assistance?
- Does your chapter maintain a list of alumnae who are willing to tutor?
- Do you have a buddy system that pairs up sisters to give them study help and accountability?
If your chapter has these steps in place, sign up for these programs early before you run into any snags in class. If these aren’t offered, consider talking to the chapter officer responsible for academic success and offer these are ideas.
Taking Advantage of Chapter Study Opportunities
Many chapters set up quiet, well-lit study zones in the house and may stock them with school supplies and snacks. Some designate a “study table” at a campus library or other locations on campus. In many chapters, sisters are encouraged to complete study hours and these locations offer the perfect spot for sisters to study together. In addition, it offers a chance for members to help one another and to always have someone to talk to during a well-earned study break. These opportunities help members reach their academic goals.
Other chapters have events to make studying fun and celebrate academic success. Chapters might host events where sisters meet at their chapter house, order pizzas and hit the books. They may even hold study date nights with fraternities or other organizations on campus.
Recognizing Academic Achievement
After all of the hard work sorority women put in to succeed academically, chapter scholarship chairs work to recognize and encourage members with certificates, bulletin “brag” boards and contests to encourage and celebrate good grades, like prizes for GPAs over a certain mark or for the most recorded study hours. Many also reward sisters who have raised their GPA by a certain amount, recognizing that sometimes the hard work it took to improve grades might otherwise have gone under the radar.
In all this, consider what resources you have to offer. If you know another member is stressed and struggling in school, reach out to help. Whether it’s quizzing her on facts for a test, bringing her something to eat so she doesn’t have to interrupt productive study time or offering a shoulder to cry on – that support may be the encouragement she needs to succeed.