College Students Studying a LotAugust 30, 2007 by Steven Rothberg
Textbook publisher Houghton Mifflin recently released a study conducted in July 2007 that illustrates that today’s college students study hard and multitask just as hard.
Nearly two-thirds reported studying diligently and 59 percent said they used online study tools such as online quizzing, course outlines, video tutorials, tutoring and study groups. “We’re finding that students are increasingly using online study tools in tandem with their textbooks,” Katie Rose, head of research and marketing for Houghton Mifflin College Division, said in a statement.
Good news? Perhaps for some students. While most students seem to use their computer primarily as an education tool, 44 percent said that the same computer was also their distraction of choice. Not so good.
So it is pretty clear that a computer is a great study tool for virtually all college students yet it can also be a source of distraction for many. While most students seem to use their computer primarily as an education tool, 44 percent said that the same computer was also their distraction of choice. Not so good.
A recent survey by Youth Trends found that full-time students at four-year colleges spent an average of 19.2 hours on-line per week, which was up one hour from the previous year. Today’s college students spend more time on-line for entertainment than for academics. Tsk, tsk if you want you Gen X’er or Boomer but just remember that when Gen X’ers went to college, there wasn’t an Internet and when Boomers went to college, there weren’t personal computers. So be honest with yourself: if there was an Internet when you were in college, you’d have spent more time on-line for entertainment and academics too.
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