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Friday, May 16, 2014

Mobile Devices Change Study Habits

Earlier this year, StudyBlue asked 1,000 college students how they used their mobile devices to study. The online study platform found students think their gadgets help them study more and get better grades, according to a report in eCampus News.

In fact, nearly 90% said their grades had improved through the use of study apps available on their mobile devices.

Apps aside, the report found students are studying more because their mobile devices are, well, so mobile. Nearly 20% said they’ve used their phones to study, 22% did homework in bed, 13% studied while eating, and 10% while in the bathroom.

The study reported that 43% still use pen and paper during study time, but 26% use their laptops and 14% use their smartphone. Mobile may also make it easier to put off studying as nearly 60% of the students admitted to cramming for midterms or finals and 88% said they used their devices to study right before a test.

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