Saturday, July 14, 2012

College Majors Read Differently by Specialty

E-Textbooks Reveal Study Habits

by Leslie Meredith, Senior Writer, TechNewsDaily
11 July 2012

E-textbooks have become a popular choice for college students because they're often cheaper than their printed counterparts and come loaded with extras, such as 3D models, embedded videos and real-time sharing with fellow students who don't share the same dorm.

Looking at how kids use digital textbooks also offers a pretty clear picture of study habits. A report today (July 11) released by education software and application company Kno reveals big differences between students with different majors. For instance, business majors are most likely to cram for finals, while science majors maintain an even study pace throughout the semester.

The infographic [at the link] below [translated into regular text below as part of this post] was based on the data collected from hundreds of students over the course of a semester.

A students read differently than C students

By understanding reading habits, Kno can identify what could be a possible grade outcome for a student in three weeks.

A student: "A" students progress systematically through their book during the first three weeks of the term.

C student: "C" students spend more time going forward and backward for answers and searching the glossary for answers.

Students are most active studying prior to lunch and after dinner.

Types of Students: An Overview

Medical and nursing – read the most and highlight the most throughout the term. Superlative: most diligent

Business – most dramatic increase in reading at the end of the term. Superlative: most likely to cram.

Math – least active readers, most direct navigation. Superlative: most likely to get to "the point."

Science – most consistent behavior throughout the term. Superlative: most likely to get a good night’s sleep during finals.

Social science – read the least but search the most. Superlativer: most likely to procrastinate.

Engineering – read the most at end of term and use search a lot through the term. Superlative: Most likely to be searching for answers.

Stats on Studying Habits
  • Students get tired of reading by midterm, which results in heavy cramming by all students at the end
  • Math students navigate to specific pages two times more than social science and science students
  • Medical and nursing students highlight 15 times more than math and two times more than social science students
  • Social Science (political science, history, etc.) students search for terms (two times as much during the term as math students). Searching is a key habit to pre-final reviewing across most subjects. Social science students spend more time searching than any other discipline due to the memorization of key dates, cases and facts required.

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