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Multitasking Increases Study Time, Lowers Grades | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Multitasking Increases Study Time, Lowers Grades | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Your brain and studying | Scoop.it
Multitasking Increases Study Time, Lowers Grades
July 23, 2015
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social sciences

Scan a college classroom these days and you are just as likely to see students texting and surfing the Web as taking notes.

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Many students feel there is nothing wrong with sending out a few quick texts or jumping on Facebook during class, and many are proud of their self-perceived ability to keep abreast of classroom discussion while their attention is divided.

But a new study by researchers at the University of Connecticut shows multitasking is hurting college students more than they think.

In a survey that probed the multitasking habits of more than 350 college students, UConn researchers found that students who multitasked while doing homework had to study longer, and those who frequently multitasked in class had lower grades on average than their peers who multitasked less often.

While prior studies have reported that classroom multitasking can hurt students’ grades, the UConn study is believed to be the first to take into account whether students’ prowess at multitasking and additional time spent studying offset the tendency for poorer academic performance. It did not.

“While texting and learning to use media are important for socialization and the use of technology is an important skill, our data shows that students are paying a price for this behavior,” says Saraswathi Bellur, an assistant professor in UConn’s Department of Communication and one of the study’s principal investigators.

Texting was far and away the most frequent multitasking distraction, followed by logging on to Facebook, checking email, and surfing the Web.

While taking longer to complete homework due to a lack of focus may be an inconvenience and a sign of bad study habits, missing classroom discussion due to multitasking is particularly troublesome.
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High School Daze: The Perils Of Sacrificing Sleep For Late-Night Studying : NPR

High School Daze: The Perils Of Sacrificing Sleep For Late-Night Studying : NPR | Your brain and studying | Scoop.it
A new study finds that when teens don't get the sleep they need on a given night, the next day all kinds of things can go poorly. The study builds on a body of evidence that finds sleep and learning are inextricably linked.
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Young Adults Swapping Soda For The Super Buzz Of Coffee : NPR

Young Adults Swapping Soda For The Super Buzz Of Coffee : NPR | Your brain and studying | Scoop.it
College students and 20-somethings are drinking less soda these days but more coffee. That means they are getting more caffeine and likely less sleep, which may lead to academic and even health problems down the road.
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Young Adults Swapping Soda For The Super Buzz Of Coffee : NPR

Young Adults Swapping Soda For The Super Buzz Of Coffee : NPR | Your brain and studying | Scoop.it
College students and 20-somethings are drinking less soda these days but more coffee. That means they are getting more caffeine and likely less sleep, which may lead to academic and even health problems down the road.
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