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Study Aids

Scientific studies are accumulating that being constantly “wired” to social media can interfere with learning and (in part because of the time they consume) become a source of stress.


Introduction

One neurological study suggests that if you study for an exam and then engage in social networking, your brain stores the later emotion-laden content in preference to the “dry” material you were studying, thus perhaps undermining the effectiveness of studying.

The implication of this and other studies is that sleep after studying (five hours seems to be the minimum amount needed to consolidate what you’ve learned in a study session), perhaps preceded by a less emotional mode of relaxation (a hot bath or listening to music) may be a better way to prepare for an exam than Facebook. And limiting time investment in internet activities may be necessary to the quality of scholarship needed to do well in college.

Downloadable Papers
Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime
Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction
Learning Strategies from Science
Paper Writing Pointers
Plagiarism and Academic Integrity: A Review of Issues
 

Primary Contacts

  • Director of Undergraduate Studies Thomas Pepinsky
    322 White Hall
    Ithaca, NY 14853-7091
    tel: (607) 255-4915
    tp253@cornell.edu
  • Undergraduate Field Coordinator 210 White Hall
    Ithaca, NY 14853-7901
    tel: (607) 255-4180
    fax: (607) 255-4530
    cu_govt_undergrad@cornell.edu

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