The internet contains millions of websites full of information and resources that can help young people study for school and exams. Answers to complex questions can be found on Google in under 1 second! With such quick and easy access to so much information, the internet is helping more and more students study every day.
Easy access to study materials
The main way that the internet benefits studying is of course the easy access it provides to study materials. Millions of websites are dedicated to providing learning resources and information for students and they can be easily found within a few seconds.
Most schools also have learning portals, so that students don’t even have to look very far for relevant resources. They can simply log on to the learning portal, and find resources that contain exactly what they need to excel under their specific exam board.
If students have different learning styles, with the millions of online resources they’ll be sure to find the right resources for them, ones that suit their style of learning. For example, some people learn better with visual aids. There are thousands of YouTube channels dedicated to helping students learn visually, and that’s only on one site!
The internet encourages independent study
Sometimes, individuals struggle to learn in the same way or at the same pace as the rest of their class, and it can have a negative impact on their studies and on their final grades if they don’t grasp what’s going on in class.
The internet allows for such students to go away and go over everything by themselves, at their own speed. Young people know their way around the internet like they know the back of their hand, so they’re easily able to find sites with the best learning resources for them. This means they don’t have to rely so heavily on their teachers and classes for all of the information they need to learn. In fact, it means that if there’s disruption with teaching (which can often happen in circumstances such as teachers leaving for maternity leave or illness), then students are able to almost teach themselves a lot of the syllabus.
Politics is impossible to ignore
Grasping history and politics used to require reading newspapers about current affairs, and text books about history. Whilst this might still assist in studying for these subjects, it’s not the only way to pick up relevant information anymore.
Politics is literally everywhere now, thanks to the internet. Social media sites are plastered with shared news stories, and news website send alerts directly to mobile phones, so it’s become impossible for anyone to ignore current affairs. The more up to date students are on the current political situation, the more they’ll be able to understand the situations of history, comparing and contrasting politics of then and now.
Students can now study at any time
Before the internet, late night studying was hard if you hadn’t already made a trip to the library. But now, students can study at any hour they wish, even if they haven’t yet collected any resources.
Digital libraries mean that students can access eBooks and critical essays whenever they like, so if they fancy some late night studying, there’s no restrictive opening hours to abide by.
A lot of assignments are also required to be sent in over email, rather than in person. This means that students can hand in assignments at a time that is convenient to them (before the deadline though obviously).
Communication over the internet
A lot of students prefer studying in groups, or are even assigned group projects. Emails, social media and messaging sites allow for students to collaborate on projects, or discuss ideas and effectively study together, without even having to be together.
This can help with individual study as well as group study as often it can be good to get a fresh opinion from someone less invested in a project. Sites like Google Docs mean that students can proofread and edit each others work and support each other through projects and assignments that might otherwise be stressful.
Education is available to everyone
The internet has allowed for more people to learn from home. This is incredibly convenient for those that can’t get to a school easily, or older folk who just want to learn a little more about a subject.
There are resources online for parents to effectively teach their children at home, and plan lessons in line with specific exam board’s requirements. This means that regardless of where children are taught, they can receive the same standard of education.
There are also online educational institutions, like the open university, that allows people to learn and become an expert in a subject they are passionate about, whilst also fitting their studies around their own lives. This is great for those whose time is often tied up with parenting or jobs.