Organization Is Essential for Academic Success
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To hear my tweener talk, all of his middle-school friends are multitasking much of the time. In class they text during discussions. When doing homework, they’re also spending time on Facebook or Instagram. Most of them reportedly get good grades. But I believe my son should have homework time be technology-free. He claims I’m not being fair. Your thoughts?
If only our brains had a limitless capacity to process information, think of all the things we could do at the same time. At middle school, a majority of students now seem to be trying to do their schoolwork while staying in frequent contact with their friends electronically. Unfortunately, if kids multitask while studying, they’re not really doing two things simultaneously, but switching back and forth rapidly from task to task.
According to David Pisoni, chancellor’s professor of psychology at Indiana University: “Memory and attention are limited. Students don’t realize that when they study and engage in other activities, that multitasking comes at a price.” That price is not learning as much as they would without multitasking.
Students in middle school need to learn how to balance academics and use social media responsibly. Parents, by setting rules, force kids to manage their study time with limited distractions. What you’ve set up is quality study time, which is far more important than the quantity of studying that you do. In the future, it should become your responsibility to focus on academic tasks without distractions.