Computers have not improved students' study skills, US research finds

August 11, 2010

A new US study observes that computers alone cannot keep college students from falling into the same weak study habits from their pen-and-paper days. Researchers found that students tend to study on computers as they would with traditional texts, by mindlessly over-copying long passages verbatim or building lengthy outlines that make it hard to connect related information. Meanwhile, undergraduate students in the study scored 29 to 63 percentage points higher on tests when they used study techniques such as recording complete notes or crafting practice questions on their computer screens. As students spend more and more study time on computers, it will be vital for them to learn better ways of processing and making use of information, says one of the study's authors. University of Nebraska-Lincoln News Release