How Technology Is Changing Student Study Habits

The world of academia is changing at a rapid pace. For the previous several centuries, education was conducted almost uniformly, especially when it came to studying. Higher levels of academic studying required simply reading from the textbook or retrieving books from the library. Students would spend huge chunks of time just looking for information, in addition to study time.

With the creation of the internet and advances of technology, how students learn has changed dramatically. People can research and find information in seconds, take classes online, and study anywhere they have a wifi connection.

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But, everyday that new tech comes out, students can come up with better and more unique ways to study. Here are just a few ways students are studying like never before.

Being Entertained While Studying

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The act of burying your nose in a textbook for hours on end isn’t very appealing to students. Thanks to the internet, it’s no longer a requirement of studying. In fact, because content creators are looking for better ways to engage their audiences, studying can even be fun.

A large part of this is that the information can be presented however the student wants it. Want to learn about ancient China history? Students can watch Youtube videos detailing the information, or a re-enactment, if that is how they learn. Or they could listen to a lecture from a leading expert on it. If they want to read about it, they can look at everything from Wikipedia to blog posts.

Being able to choose how they study and enjoying it transforms the activity of studying from a boring chore to an enjoyable exercise. This helps students want to study more and, as a result, be more prepared for their classes.

Studying During Other Activities

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Because of smartphones, it’s completely possible for students today to study during other activities, like exercising. They can put a lecture on and go for a run or review their notes While it’s not the best study habit, it’s another way to absorb information and review subjects.

It’s also possibly to make studying more bearable thanks to technology. For example, it’s possible to study in the pool or even while enjoying the great outdoors. Students who hate missing out on beautiful weather can be outside all they want, as long as they can power their tools.

Studying is no longer an isolated activity, but can become a blended part of student’s lives. It’s intermingled so much that the act of studying can be done practically anywhere and doing almost anything. It may not always incredibly effective to study everywhere and anywhere, but it gives students the flexibility to do what works best for them.

Gamification of Learning

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Turning learning into a game is proven to be very effective and supported by educational experts. It’s why teachers have been playing classroom Jeopardy for review sessions. As technology has improved, people have created digital games with the intent to teach.

Even universities like ASU are using video games to help teach students. They are great tools for teaching skills and reviewing information. There are study game apps that can act as digital flashcards, or a fun way to practice math problems. There are also apps that can help people improve their logic, puzzle, and general intelligence through short games.

Comparing Research Online

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The world is full of research, more than any previous generations had access to. It’s a wonderful thing for academia since leaders in every industry can share their research and findings with everybody.  

A major downside to this though is that it’s possible to come across falsified findings extremely easy on the web. People can lie about researching a subject, create a blog post supporting their own opinions, and publish them on their own site with zero editorial review. That means students have to be extremely careful when studying to make sure their information is accurate and true.

This is a unique trial that previous generations didn’t have to deal when researching. They could trust what was in their textbook because they were editorially reviewed by other experts. In today’s world though, it can become extremely difficult what is factual and what is biased or falsified. Students have to assess sites and learn how to determine if a source is authentic or not. More than ever, students have to be able to determine credible sources of information when studying, or risk educating themselves incorrectly.

Studying With Others

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Group study has been extremely changed thanks to technology. How study groups and tutoring happen has removed the need for a physical spot. Some students will still get together to meet for some topics, as it is easier to work together physically, but thanks to social media and chat apps, it isn’t a necessity. It also gives students almost constant access to classmates to ask questions.

Additionally, the internet gives students access to tutors and extra help everywhere. If you don’t like any of the tutor available through the school, there are tons of outside tutoring programs where you can get help from very intelligent students around the world, or even teachers who specialize in the subject matter. It’s even possible to connect with industry professionals, and if you’re lucky, get them to help you out.

As technology continues to advance, studying will evolve, giving students new ways to explore how they learn. It also allows them more freedom in study habits, so it becomes less of a chore, making learning something they enjoy. By doing so, learning can become a normal habit for the rest of their lives and people will continue to educate themselves because they want to.

What are your thoughts? Is there a specific way you like to study that older generations disapprove of? Has technology changed how and where you learn? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ben Allen

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