5 ways mobile devices have (and haven’t) changed studying

1. Students are working together, and improving their grades

Or, at least, they think so.

Nearly 90 percent of the respondents said that they believe their grades have improved as the result of using collaborative studying apps on their mobile devices.

2. Students still cram

Nearly 60 percent of students said they put off studying until the last minute, usually forgoing studying until right before a midterm or final. Only 15 percent said they bother to study for smaller quizzes at all.

Another study published last year indicated that mobile devices are making it easier for students to cram for an exam at the last second. Eighty-eight percent of those students said they have used a mobile device to study right before taking a test or quiz.

That’s a 10 percent jump from students who admitted to mobile cramming the previous year.

3. Students still like pen and paper, but move between offline and online with ease

On average, students said they use pen and paper during 43 percent of their studying time. Laptops are still a popular studying device, accounting for 26 percent of studying time.

Smartphones get more use than tablets (14 percent and 12 percent), and some students even enjoy using voice memos.

(Next page: Some of the surprising places students like to study)

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