To Ace the Exam, Ditch the Devices

PLEASE STOW ALL LAPTOPS: At least during class. That’s the takeaway from new research out of MIT this week showing that students who use laptops and other electronic devices perform worse on exams that peers who don’t look at screens during class. The researchers studied three groups of students at West Point Academy: students with no access, limited access and unrestricted access to devices. Those who use any screens at all performed 18 percent worse than peers who used their ears, eyes and good old fashioned pen and paper during class.

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