Students and Social Service
Introduction: The home and the educational institution of a student are the places where he imbibes the spirit of social-service. Now, social service is considered an important part of the school activities.
Significance of social life: Man is a social being. Man lives in society, depending on mutual cooperation. This cooperation helps him to tide over the misfortunes that overtake him off and on.
So, every man considers it his sacred duty to stand by his fellow men in their distress. Thus, man learns to serve his fellow men in his formative period i.e. when he is engaged in his studies. So, a student life is the most appropriate time for social service.
How can students contribute to society?
Students individually or in a group can alleviate the sufferings of the distressed.
- If a student helps a blind man cross a road it is a service done to humanity.
- A group of students can render service to people ravaged by flood, cyclone, famine and earthquake.
- Students are the enlightened people. So, they can remove superstition, blind faith, ignorance of the illiterate.
- They can help the nation in the removal of illiteracy.
- Students can teach them to take health care.
- They can take active part in the national scheme of afforestation.
- They can look to the sanitation of their own area.
- The students may have a role to play in awakening public opinion against social evils like drug addiction, casteism, dowry system, by taking out procession or organizing seminars.
- They can nurse the sick, donate blood, and hospitalize them in time of need. In any kind of accident students can render considerable help.
Also read: Short Essay on Role and Importance of Students in Society
Conclusion: Students should keep in mind one thing. Charity begins at home. It is a student’s first and foremost duty to serve his parents, brothers and sisters, his kith and kin. A student, who does not render service to the members of his own family, cannot serve the distressed section of the society.
Category: Essays, Paragraphs and Articles
Here is a selection of tips on writing better essays from students and academics.
Liz Davies, London Metropolitan University
Be careful in your use of references.
Students should make good use of recommended websites, texts and journal articles. I always look at the references section before reading an essay and the quality of referencing is an excellent indicator of the overall quality of the essay. If a student lists references which are obscure and unknown to the marker, this may demonstrate a creative and interested approach to the subject but it also alerts me to the likelihood of plagiarised work.
A long list of references, without clear relevance as to how the student has made use of the exact source, is another alert to plagiarism and a “cut and paste” approach.
Use non-academic sources too.
Students often state that they should not quote Community Care as a source because they have been told to only make reference to peer-reviewed and academically sound material.
I do not agree with this approach because social work is a fast-developing field and Community Care provides a good pointer to other source material. I expect students to search the Community Care website as a useful source of current material. However, I expect them to use this information to direct themselves to other source material.
Alison Higgs, Open University
Refer to the marking guidelines for your stage of the degree.
Find out what markers are looking for. Remember that tutors want you to do your best – so use their feedback!
Barry Cooper, Open University
Keep to the word count.
There may be penalties if you go more than 10% over the maximum allowed.
QueenB (via CareSpace)
Use your tutors and feedback to improve future essays.
Your tutors have a vested interest (their reputation and their jobs!) in getting you through so most will be willing to assist you in any way they can. If you’re not doing as well as you want to be, or if you fail a piece of work, go and see your personal tutor with samples of your essays and ask for tips about how you can improve.
Spread your work out so you don’t end up with five essays due in the same week.
This might sound simple and obvious but I’ve seen so many people saying something similar to “I’d planned my workload but now the deadline/ exam date has been changed and it means I’ve got two due on the same day/ week”. Plan well in advance – aim to finish the assignment well before the due date so if you get flu/ computer failure/ changed deadline you don’t end up struggling.
Sannah (via CareSpace)
Always make a detailed essay plan.
The essay will just flow if you use a plan. Also try to get a family member to check over it. And you could also ask your tutor to check your plan to make sure you’re on the right track.
Hovis (via CareSpace)
Use journal articles to access the most up-to-date research and information.
There are so many interesting articles out there and including them in your essays can potentially improve the quality of your work and this may boost your mark. It may also improve your practice.
Read your marker’s feedback and take it on board.
In the majority of cases, what they are saying makes sense. The university should have staff to support you with your academic work, especially if there are specific areas you are struggling with (citations, sentence structure, grammar, etc). Use this support and it will be of great benefit to your essay writing and your future practice.
Student (via CareSpace)
Read the question carefully and make sure you understand exactly what is being asked of you.
Each word in an essay question has meaning – make sure you understand what this is for each essay and how this will influence the structure of your answer. Take the title apart word by word and think how each links to the criteria against which you are being assessed.
For more information go the Essay Help section of CareSpace, where you can see many more tips and post your own requests for help.
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