Technology Has Changed My Work and Study Habits: A Student's Perspective Blog Feature
Sarah Layton

By: Sarah Layton on July 20th, 2012

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Technology Has Changed My Work and Study Habits: A Student's Perspective

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It's Freaky Friday, when we give you some input from a student, Bri Richard. 

The amount of technology available to me has definitely changed my work and study habits. It has affected all aspects of the way I complete work as a student.

Here are a few examples:

1.) Getting in touch with others from your class is much easier. I’m not always comfortable giving out my cell phone number, so having another way to contact classmates is great! Whether it’s a group created by the teacher on the class website, or a student generated group on Facebook, contact is quick and easy. Setting up a study group, planning a group presentation, and contacting a classmate when I was out sick are all ways that I have used social networking for a class.

2.) Word processing tools are definitely one of the greatest things for my studying. I have found myself increasingly using Google Docs or Microsoft Word to organize my handwritten notes. This is very helpful because sometimes teachers backtrack to a topic they had covered two classes ago, so my notes aren’t always in a good order. It is also a good way to make a study guide for important concepts.

3.) The fact that it is so easy to get off task due to the possibility of wasting away an hour on Facebook or playing a game has been a tough thing to adjust to, but I have done it! The amount of distractions so readily able to make me procrastinate writing that paper has helped me to become a more focused worker. I have started to set “marker” times, where if I have so many tasks completed by that time I can have a small break until all of my tasks are done for the day. It’s a way for me to be very efficient with my work and avoid procrastination (which I used to be terrible with!)

How do you think the availability of technology has changed the way you work? It’s probably a lot more than you think... it was for me!

Guest blogger, Bri Richard, is a Senior English major at Millersville University. Currently she is an intern at Applied Educational Systems, mainly working with the Development Department.

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About Sarah Layton

Sarah has been with AES since 1998, first serving as a curriculum developer, and now as a customer support analyst and content creator. She is committed to helping instructors gain experience and confidence using our solutions and to providing excellent customer care. Sarah has a bachelor’s of arts degree in English and technical writing from the University of Delaware. In her previous professional life, she was a writer, editor, and publisher in both the hospitality and advertising industries. She lives in Lititz, Pa., with her husband, two children, and the best old dog ever, enjoying every moment of the chaos they all create.