Laptop learning has gotten a bad rap lately. A growing body of evidence indicates that using devices, including laptops, tablets, and phones, during class may lead to everything from bad note-taking to poor test performance - not just for you, but for the other people around you. This does not mean laptops are all bad. In fact, they still have potential to help you be a better student - if you use yours the right and productive way.
In this article we will make sure you understand on how to use a laptop effectively for academics.
Multitasking is another major problem associated with laptop use in the classroom. While we often think of the ability to multitask as a good quality, the reality is that multitasking actually inhibits productivity. Removing obviously distracting programs like games and music is just the start. Turn off all push notifications so you are not being distracted by emails, tweets, direction messages, Facebook likes, and so on, doing so will allow you to focus on the task at hand, and will also help you avoid annoying or distracting your classmates.
Do you find yourself frequently switching over to the internet during class, meanwhile? If so, there are various apps and extensions you can use to restrict internet access and block certain websites, thereby quashing the temptation to web search during class.
Avoid listening to music with vocals, as you may start to write or otherwise focus on the lyrics! If you simply must have vocal music, play songs in a foreign language you don't know. Use headphones to listen to the music while studying; try recording your subjects by singing them to the beat of the music. You can then listen to them at any time by transferring them to your iPod.
Try to minimize your surfing to once a week for 4 hours. This will keep you motivated for studying, as you will look forward to the time spent surfing. Try to get down to 90 to 120 minutes, so you devote more time studying books rather than studying on your laptop.
Before the digital age, the only line of communication between college students and professors was face to face. However, this was not always practical or possible. Whether you’re asking for clarification on an assignment or requesting a meeting to discuss a concern, laptops and other devices make communicating with professors easier than ever. Additionally, many college classes now use Google Hangouts and other online communication platforms. Using these can help you engage with your professors and classmates, as well.
If you get videos, download them using Internet Download Manager’s quick download auto-links. Many educational videos are available on YouTube. Videos serve a great deal of learning. Download videos for topics you are about to learn so you can understand the concept beforehand and impress your teachers and friends; and get an edge over the other students!
Read the course material. Practice on the relevant software for your courses. Don't limit yourself to the internet.
Don't drag yourself down looking at other peoples' fun online only to remember that you're a student. Always long for activities which are helpful in real life and are practical. Social media is an example of what to avoid. You start making more and more friends, you keep checking for notifications, you start to worry what will happen if you don't reply quickly enough, you start playing games; but what you’ll lose is the time you spend on yourself. Remember that students are known for their knowledge and discipline and not for reaching level 600 on Candy Crush. Be productive.
You never know your true potential unless you try it. Have you ever wondered why the best students have so many doubts? It’s because while doing research, they come to explore even more new ideas and doubts. Stay hungry for knowledge and you may end up being a student with great ideas and skills. This will help throughout your life.
No, not the "what type of cookie are you" type of test - do tests about your subject! Note down the problems you were not able to solve or concepts you were weak in and study them. Finish your studying before you go online to write an exam.
Laptops aren't just for testing. Extracurricular activities can help you get a job later on and give you something to look forward to. Here are some things you can use a laptop for: