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Instant messaging

Instant messaging is a means of having a quick written conversation with one or more people who are online at the same time.

The pros and cons of instant messaging
Pros Cons
Messages are likely to be more spontaneous. It can be anarchic, when several people reply at once.
Is a very good way to share problems on your course that others may be having. The people involved need to be online at the same time, which can require organising.
Compared with email, there is less of a time lag in waiting for a response. Each person will need the same Instant Messaging software.

Instant messaging has its limitations for serious discussion, but you may find it helpful to keep in touch with fellow students. You might 'meet' with other students in your group by arranging a time once a week when you can all be online. It can really help to know that there are others out there with problems similar to your own.