Today, we’re definitely in an era fueled by technology. From smart thermostats to voice-activated light bulbs, self-driving cars to telehealth, technology has made it possible to do pretty much anything. And for most of us, it’s hard to imagine life without it all – even though it wasn’t actually all that long ago.
One main area where technology has really taken off is in the classroom. Gone are the days of chalk and blackboards; even the youngest of students these days have iPads and computers to work from, and access to a huge wealth of information on the internet at their fingertips.
For college students, technology has made it easier than ever to succeed. From providing more students with study opportunities to apps and programs for managing timetables, here are some of the main ways college students utilize technology when studying.
Online Resources and Services
If you wanted help with an essay a couple of decades ago, you’d need to ask your professor or find somebody who knew what they were talking about, then find a time that both of you were free to sit down together in person, or make a call over a landline telephone. Today, everything’s changed; students have access to a massive range of online resources that they can use to get assistance with their studies, from online tutors to referencing websites and paper writing services.
Online Degree Programs
As if the wealth of resources and information available online wasn’t enough, students can now choose to take their entire program online, rather than attending classes on campus. For many students, this has changed the game. Rewind to not that long ago, and it was extremely difficult for somebody to complete college as a single parent or while working full-time; today, it’s the reality thanks to online programs. With no set classes, students have the freedom to work their studies around their schedule, allowing them to fit more in. And students have the opportunity to get degrees from coveted institutions without the need to relocate.
Ask any student today, and they’ll probably tell you that they just wouldn’t know what to do without their smartphone. The App Store and Google Play Store are home to a huge number of apps that have become extremely valuable resources for students. College students can download apps to help them stay on top of their workload with scheduling, automate tasks, create revision flashcards, and put together digital to-do lists; the opportunities are endless.
Finally, technology has made it easier than ever for students to communicate with both their professors and their peers. Google Docs, for example, can be used by several students in collaboration when working on a project without any of them needing to be physically present with one another, and online group-chat services like WhatsApp or Slack make it easier for classmates and professors to stay in touch and stay up to date with the latest developments.
How have you utilized technology to help you succeed as a student? What technologies would you like to see in education in the future?