In the era we are living today, you only need seconds to get any answers from the internet even to the hardest question that may take hours or even days to figure it out on your own. Unfortunately, what seems to be a solution has greatly affected the students who can no longer grapple with any question as they rely on online answers to do their homework.
New research published online the previous week in the Journal Education psychology examined the exam scores of 2,433 post-secondary schoolchildren in 12 various lecture-based courses over a decade. The study shows that in 2008, 14 percent of learners recorded half to a full grade lesser on exams than homework. Years later, when smartphones became much more rampant, the study found that 55 percent of students scored poorer on exams.
Recent research shows students who rely on online answers do not benefit from their homework, while those that generate their answers benefit from the homework, and they also score good grades in their exams. According to Arnold Glass, the lead author and a professor of psychology at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, when students rely on the internet to get answers, they score high grades. Still, they do not retain this information hence fail in exams.
Nonetheless, a report released by the Pew Research Center in 2012 showed that the digital landscape wasn’t completely negative for students’ education. After surveying thousands of teachers, the majority reported that the use of the internet provided better access for learners to explore topics that interested them. All the teachers described students today as self-reliant researchers, and more than three-quarters said the internet was mostly positive for students. However, the teachers said students should not over-rely on Google as it can result in poor time management abilities and increased online distractions.