How to Survive Finals – #DPTstudent topic for Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Topic: How to Survive Finals!

It’s that time in the semester again where you can’t seem to drink enough coffee, you quiz yourself in your sleep, and you don’t think that there is any way for this much information to be absorbed in your brain. It’s finals time! This Wednesday we will be discussing how we make it through finals. What are your tricks to staying sane? What kind of study breaks do you take? Are you an up-all-night studier or early-bird studier?

Use this twitter chat as a nice study break to learn some new ideas from other DPT students on how to survive finals. Talk to you all this Wednesday at 9pm EST! #DPTStudent

User’s Guide to Twitter:

APTA’s Social Media team put this excellent quick guide to how to get the basics of Twitter down. Check it out!


Click here for this chat’s analytics and transcript.


About Lauren Riley:

Lauren is a first year DPT student at Regis University in Denver, CO. She’s helping to coordinate the #DPTstudent tweetchat with others, and is a new PTThink Tank contributor! She attended American University in Washington, DC for her undergraduate degree where she majored in accounting and statistics. After a severe knee injury and a change of heart, Lauren decided to change careers. Outside of PT school, Lauren enjoys whipping up new recipes, hiking and triathlons. You can find her on Twitter at @LaurenrSPT.

#DPTStudent Tweetchat Analytics

The inaugural #DPTStudent tweetchat took place this past Wednesday, Nov 28.

It was a huge success! How do you measure success? With these analytics of course, taken from the hour that the chat occurred:

66 twitter accounts participated

Most of these accounts were that of PT students of course, but we also saw PT faculty and PT programs participating.

486 tweets issued

This new hashtag stacks up well compared with other established PT hashtags, as illustrated by this fancy chart (note: the number on the chart is > 486 because this chart shows total tweets for the entire day):

 389 tweets per hour, 7.36 tweets per participant

We expect to see these numbers jump once the word gets out about the tweetchat. A figure of 7.36 tweets per participant indicates that although there was a small group, they were all very engaged with one another.

155,083 impressions made

“Impressions” is a metric for how many impressions a healthcare hashtag has made in users’ tweet streams. Symplur computes total impressions by taking the number of tweets per participant and multiplying it with the number of followers that participant currently has. This is done for all participants in this time period and then finally the numbers are added up.

 The influencers

Being atop the mentions column means your tweets were interesting enough for others to respond back to you, the tweets column explains itself, the impressions column shows the heavy hitters whose tweets were viewed by the massive number of followers they have.

The transcript

The topic of the first DPTStudent tweetchat was “Why PT?”. It was a great discussion, one that we suggest you relive by looking at the chat transcript.:

#DPTStudent – Healthcare Social Media Transcript


Tweetchats are a great forum to connect users with a common interest. #DPTStudent is bringing PT students from across the country together the exchange thoughts and ideas in a meaningful way. This is just another example of the power the PT profession can leverage by using emerging media. Let’s keep an eye on this and see how big it can get.