3-Ways That Today’s Technology Has Changed The Way We Study

When it comes to studying, today’s students aren’t hunkering down in libraries all night to prepare for exams, they’re tucked safely in their dorms with a laptop or mobile device.

One of the latest surveys from McGraw-Hill Education found that 74 percent of students prefer to study at home, while only 14 percent indicate they prefer the library, this is due to the technology available to them at their homes.

The survey found that an incredible 81 percent of students say digital tools have helped improve their grades. Add in the advantage of laptops, tablets and apps, and you have an even more powerful and beneficial studying experience.

Read on to see how technology has reshaped the studying experience for college students.

1. Libraries Have Become High-Tech Collaboration Centers

With more students studying at home, colleges and universities are creating libraries of the future. Higher education libraries are being designed as places for collaboration and experimentation. Many are even adding 24-hour computer labs and presentation practice technology.

“The library will be a very collaborative place — a kind of sandbox,” says Kristina Keogh, director of library services at Ringling College.

2. Digital Tools Streamline The Ability For Note Taking

The clear majority of students surveyed by McGraw-Hill say their laptops are the most important tool for their learning. Laptops make many tasks such as taking notes simpler than using a college-ruled notebook and pen for each class. The laptop has become today’s modern notebook.

Many students use Microsoft OneNote to organize and color-code their class notes. Onenote even has capabilities to bring in PowerPoint outlines for classes that provide slides before lectures. Onenote even offers audio recording allowing you to sync the recorded audio to your notes. When you are not sure about a certain part of your notes, you can click on the play button next to that particular section and OneNote will play the recorded audio.

Many other note taking tools are also available and this technology is becoming very popular.

3. Mobile Apps Create Flexible Learning

About 60 percent of students say they are using smartphones for studying. Business Insider says this may be due in part to the growing number of mobile apps — many that are free — for Apple and Android devices.

Some recommended apps include:

  • Documents, an app for iOS that is designed to help keep track of documents in the cloud, no matter if they are from OneDrive or Box. It also helps edit and annotate PDFs.
  • Wunderlist,  a to-do list that can be collaborative, making it perfect for group work.
  • Cite this for me, an app that puts together a citation in any format simply from scanning a book’s barcode.

In closing, add the ability to video conference and collaborate on any device, with anyone, from anyplace at any time and you have a very powerful and enriched learning experience.