Study hack: use Discord’s chat platform to get study help any time night or day. Whether you’re already familiar with the platform or totally new, we’ll talk you through how to take advantage of voice chat, screenshare, and more within Discord to join and run study sessions, boost your grades, and connect with other students all over the world.
What is Discord?
Discord is a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), instant messaging and digital distribution platform designed for creating communities. In other words, it’s “a free voice, video, and text chat app that’s used by tens of millions of people ages 13+ to talk and hang out with their communities and friends.” The spaces on Discord are called “servers,” and they’re made by specific communities or friend groups. Most servers are small and invitation-only, but some larger servers are public. Discord was originally built for gamers but has since expanded to become an online home for a variety of communities and interests.
What does Discord have to do with studying?
One of the most popular way student communities are using Discord is to study together. Studying together—virtually or otherwise—helps student keep each other motivated, support each other, keep each other accountable, and help each other learn or work through tough problems together. The public Discord server Study Together claims to be “the largest study and productivity server on Discord” with over 214,000 members.
Servers like this allow you to study live-time with others via camera, screenshare, voice, or chat. But large servers can be intimidating, and many smaller study-together servers have popped up to accommodate students who want a more tight-knit or niche-focused study community.
For example: our Numerade Meet & Study offers a global community of students and educators that still feels like the perfectly-sized study group—you can get to know pretty much everyone if you hang around. Plus, our expert educators are active on the server to answer your homework questions, run live tutoring sessions, and offer study tips.
What are the best study servers on Discord?
- Numerade Meet & Study: the fastest-growing server on Discord for students. Meet students from around the world, join live-time study sessions, brush up on your STEM skills, get homework help from real educators, access live tutoring, and more.
- Study Together: a study and productivity server with live-time study sessions.
- Luxica Study Cafe: a server focusing on studying foreign languages, specifically Portuguese, Spanish, American Sign Language, Hebrew, and Japanese.
- Productivity Station: a place to find new people, learn new skills, discover productivity tricks, get some help, or find a tutor.
How do the study sessions work?
- Content specific sessions: Members, server managers, or moderators can lead their own study sessions based around specific content! Example: Physics 101!
- Scheduled study sessions: You can schedule a study session by contacting the server manager and getting it on the calendar so other members know when to show up!
- Homework help study session: Try making a study session specifically geared toward helping each other with homework. (On our server, an educator or two might even pop in to give you expert-level help!)
- Pomodoro technique study session: The Pomodoro technique focuses on timed productivity sprints with built-in short or long breaks in between to keep you motivated—and prevent study fatigue! A fun way to start a study session is to share your screen on pomofocus.io and let the timer run!
- Pop-Up Study Together: Anyone can begin a study session about anything—or everything—by entering into a voice chat room in our Study Together category! Start one, or pop in to someone else’s whenever you feel, and leave it open to general studying if you don’t want to be content-specific.
How do I join a study server?
Easy! Either search on Google or within Discord for a public one you like, or go straight to this link to join our Numerade Meet & Study server, and get instantly connected to study buddies and expert educators from around the world.