Guest post by Alexis Pellegrino, Jarryed Scott, Berbely Zayas, Maritza Yuman, and Emran Rahim (all students currently http://www.emergingedtech.com/2010/12/the-internet-as-a-study-buddy/attending The College of Westchester).
I came across this article last week in the “Student Voices” newsletter published by the Student Government Association at the college where I work, and I knew it would be great to share here. (“Thank You!” to these students for their permission to do so).
Studying is the main ingredient in a college student’s everyday life, yet many fail to do so because of its tediousness. The Internet has become the most important tool for students looking to learn, study, or teach since it is available at their fingertips. Throughout our research we have found a number of good tools that we recommend for these purposes.
Both SparkNotes and Cliff Notes are good tools for literature because they provide chapter by chapter summaries and overviews of a wide variety of books. Due to research, we recommend Spark Notes because they provide a larger selection of books and give more in depth overviews, which helps with studying for major tests. Although we recommend this website, we do not believe it should be an alternative to reading, but only used as a study tool. Nothing is more thorough than actually reading the book yourself.