Computers, highlighters, notebooks, flashcards, ipads, pens and pencils are all used to help students study. But how does someone study? This article explores research done by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that finds that more college students are using their computers to study, but they are doing it mindlessly. Furthermore, just because a majority of today’s college students have the tools to study, does not mean that they know HOW to study.
Universal Design for Learning places an emphasis on letting students gain access to more structure to help support and manage their learning experience. Tools such as webspiration.com can help students break down information into meaningful chunks.
I feel that it’s important for educators to not take for granted that students may not be the best decision makers when it comes to studying. A lot is going on in the worlds’ of young college students and keeping this research article in mind is important you look up and see a classroom of eyebrows peering over the backs of laptop screens.