A study by online studying platform, StudyBlue, surveyed 1,000 students about their study habits and the effect mobile devices have had on their learning, and the top five takeaways were posted by eCampus News. With students owning an average of seven mobile devices, and spending almost four hours each day using their laptops, tablets, or smartphones, it is not surprising that studying has changed accordingly.
1.Students collaborate to improve their grades
Students can now work together by using collaborative study apps on their mobile devices, and 90% of those surveyed believed this helped improve their grades.
2.Students still cram
Students still procrastinate when it comes to studying, with nearly 60% saying they put off studying until the last minute and rarely study for small quizzes, and mobile devices help them cram. A study conducted by Wakefield Research and CourseSmart found that 53% of respondents would be more likely to complete a reading assignment in time if it were available on their mobile device, and 88% have used their mobile device to study for an exam last minute.
3.Students use both pen and paper, as well as technology
Although on average students use pen and paper during 43% of their studying time, they also use mobile devices, with laptop use accounting for 26% of studying time. Additionally, smartphones are used 14% of the time, and tablets 12% of the time.
4.Students turn idle time into study time
The flexibility and mobility of smartphones and tablets is allowing students to studying all over the place. Almost a quarter of students said they study during idle time at work or school on their smartphones. Additionally, about 20% of respondents said they use their smartphones to study while commuting, 13% while eating, 5% while exercising, and 10% even admitted to studying while in the bathroom.
5.Students still study in bed
While it has always been common for students to study or read assignments in the comfort of their bed, digital content and the Internet are now available in the palm of their hands. With this flexibility, 22% of students are now using their smartphones to read and study in bed.