With advances in technology, student study habits have dramatically changed. Technology has affected the way teachers present information; therefore, students are learning and studying differently. Gone are the days of slaving over books in the library and scribbling down notes on paper.
The Internet allows students to access virtually all information that is publicly available from the comfort of their homes. They do not need to travel or even to go to a library. Books are scanned in to the Internet, museums have work available online, and college library sites offer online access to academic journals.
Students can now gain access to information in far quicker ways. Once a resource has been found, they can quickly search the entire document by typing in a key word, rather than having to look in a book's index. Mathematical calculations can also be performed on special programs, while graphs can be plotted instantly.
Information can now be shared between staff and students in far more efficient ways. Schools can set up online portals where students can download necessary files, or alternatively send them by email. Students can then print them out as required. The role of professors has changed; they are no longer the dispensers of information but instead facilitate learning by providing guidelines and recommended resources.
Students are increasingly choosing to type notes rather than write them. Laptops are portable and inexpensive. Even math formulas can be typed using certain programs. Students can use PowerPoint to learn key concepts with visual aid and can then present their information to the class.
Studying has become far more flexible, meaning students can choose to learn and present information in their own ways. Those who prefer visual learning can choose to watch documentaries or tutorials on the Internet, while others can download books to read. Many college courses now offer online labs as part of the course work, so students can study writing, reading and math principles at home at any hour of the day or night.
Although it’s easier to access more information, it’s also easier to become distracted from work when using technology, an affliction known as DAD (divided attention disorder). With the temptation to check bank balances, speak to someone on a smart phone or download a song available at the click of a button, many students have trouble finishing essays or doing some important reading.
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