Joining a sorority allows members to create fun memories and grow as women. But, sorority women are students first. 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.
One of the greatest resources women have when they join a sorority is each other. It is likely someone else in the chapter has taken or will be taking the same classes as you. Using your sisters as a resource to ask questions, advice about professors or as a study buddy is the best resource you have.
When you connect with other sisters, you have a new resource, but you can also keep each other accountable for study and taking exams.
Chapter Provided Resources
Many chapters use different resources to help members succeed. See some of the resources below that chapters may offer.
- Study Closet – a place where sisters can donate old textbooks, study guides or other materials after they finish a class.
- Tutor Matching – matching members who need help with other members who can provide assistance.
- Alumnae Tutors – connecting collegians with sorority alumnae who can offer additional assistance.
- Study Buddies – a system that pairs up sisters to give them someone to study with and to keep each other accountable.
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 ideas.
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 to being able to study together, these study hours offers a chance for members to help one another and to always have someone to talk to during a well-earned study break.
Other chapters have events to make studying fun and celebrate academic success. Chapters might host events where sisters meet, 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 and the pursuit of strong academic goals. Many also reward sisters who have raised their GPA by a certain amount or reach a certain number of study hours, recognizing the hard work it took to improve grades that might have otherwise gone under the radar.
Scholarship is a pillar of the sorority community. Each sorority woman is in college to receive a degree and continue on to reach her goals. Receiving good grades is the path to get where she wants to go. Sororities understand this and provide many tools similar to those listed above to help members get to where they want to go. Sorority membership can help advance your academic goals if you take advantage of the many resources available.