College students are transferring ineffective study habits from wire notebooks to wireless netbooks, concludes a new study published in The Journal of Educational Psychology. From Science Daily:
. . . students tend to study on computers as they would with traditional texts: They mindlessly over-copy long passages verbatim, take incomplete or linear notes, build lengthy outlines that make it difficult to connect related information, and rely on memory drills like re-reading text or recopying notes.
Meanwhile, undergraduates in the study scored 29 to 63 percentage points higher on tests when they used study techniques like recording complete notes, creating comparative charts, building associations, and crafting practice questions on their screens.
“Learning occurs best when important information is selected from less important ideas, when selected information is organized graphically, when associations are built among ideas and when understanding is regulated through self-testing,” said Ken Kiewra, an educational psychologist at University of Nebraska and a co-author of the study.