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Independent Seminar Support

“Gather like-minded peers and learn together!”

Student-to-student learning activities are called “independent seminars.” The essence of these seminars is to deepen learning in ways not possible alone, such as progressing through a book or engaging in discussions together. By using intellectual curiosity that goes beyond classroom boundaries to find peers to learn with, university learning can become even more interesting. Be sure to try out learning methods such as independent seminars! The center supports such independent seminar activities by lending equipment at SLA lounge and “A Building” classrooms after school.

※For those who are interested but wondering how to go about it, we can introduce examples of past independent seminars. We also seek to support you in various ways, such as assisting with publicity when you want to gather peers, and holding activity briefings and social events by several independent seminar groups.

Types of Independent Seminars

“There are various types of independent seminars!”

“Reading Group Type”

The goal is to collectively read and deeply understand a set text. It’s common in both arts and sciences, but while arts focus on text interpretation, sciences often delve deeper into understanding principles. The most common type of independent seminar is this reading group type.

“Study Group Type”

This type is primarily for group pre-study and review of university courses. Many university courses can’t be fully understood in a single lecture. Learning together with peers to supplement each other’s knowledge can lead to deeper and firmer understanding.

“Discussion Group Type”

A type where discussions are held on various topics without definitive answers. It allows exposure to diverse opinions and values and serves as practice for articulating one’s own views. To avoid just talking without conclusion, some preparation and ingenuity in moderation are necessary.

“External Project Participation Type”

There are surprisingly many projects where government agencies and companies seek ideas from students (some even offer prizes or awards). Progressing in these selections tests various skills such as presentation abilities, offering a chance to apply the various knowledge and skills cultivated so far!

Tips for Starting an Independent Seminar!

Start by gathering peers!
The first step in an independent seminar is finding “peers” to learn with. One of the great things about Tohoku University is that when you reach out, you will be surprised to find many people willing to join in. Experience from past participants suggests that the key is to just start, embracing a ‘let’s give it a try’ attitude. Begin with the comfort of knowing it’s perfectly fine to stop midway if needed.
Learn about something of mutual interest!
As for what to learn, it naturally should align with everyone’s shared interests. However, it’s also important to choose something that matches your abilities. Choosing something too difficult or too easy can cause activities to stagnate. Initially, seeking advice from seniors or teachers can be a wise step.

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