Universal Design for Learning at the University of Vermont

Good Technology, Bad Study Skills for College Students


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.

Article Link:
College Undergrads Study Ineffectively on Computers, Study Finds: Students Transfer Bad Study Habits from Paper to Screen

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  1. G’Day! Zahrens,
    Thanks for the info, Students who have a successful study plan will often be the students who get the best grades. Now is the time to improve study skills and be the best student you can be. This article will provide you with four quick study tips that will help develop a rock solid study plan. The fist step to a rock solid study plan is to properly set up your study environment.

  2. It’s definitely a double-edged sword in my opinion….having the laptop at your disposal helps with efficiently getting information down, but in my experience I have to use a notebook and a pen to really get the information internalized.

    Ultimately, I think establishing the right study skills and sharpening your discipline is the key, not relying on a distraction-hive like a laptop.


  3. I’m amazed at the volume of material that students today need to keep track of. Having technology has exploded knowledge for facts. However, I agree with the article that many students work much harder and get more frustrated than necessary. Poor study habits are in part a contributor to this. Having instruction in strategic studying, understanding how to listen actively, and learning how to prioritize are not habits that students know intuitively. I applaud anyone who helps students be successful in their studies. Thank you for promoting this need.

  4. In my opinion, good technology is really important. Yes, it’s helped me a lot.

    I now have access to computerized databases in my university library at 24 hour disposal from the convenience of my livingroom. I’ve been able to research up to the minute news releases from the CDC, and the state health department among numerous other examples.

    I have access to thousands of scholarly journals that I can view as an e-book.

    My sociology of sexuality class book was an e-book, and as such, saved close to a hundred bucks by not buying the hardback book.

    I’m a science major, so being able to keep up with technology has kept me on the cutting edge of the latest technological and scientific developments.

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