New Study: students learn better from printed books

A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

As researchers in learning and text comprehension, our recent work has focused on the differences between reading print and digital media. While new forms of classroom technology like digital textbooks are more accessible and portable, it would be wrong to assume that students will automatically be better served by digital reading simply because they prefer it.

 

Our work has revealed a significant discrepancy. Students said they preferred and performed better when reading on screens. But their actual performance tended to suffer.

 

For example, from our review of research done since 1992, we found that students were able to better comprehend information in print for texts that were more than a page in length. This appears to be related to the disruptive effect that scrolling has on comprehension. We were also surprised to learn that few researchers tested different levels of comprehension or documented reading time in their studies of printed and digital texts.

Students judged their comprehension as better online than in print.

 

From these findings, there are some lessons that can be conveyed to policymakers, teachers, parents and students about print’s place in an increasingly digital world.

1. Consider the purpose

2. Analyze the task

3. Slow it down

4. Something that can’t be measured

Podcast Episode 112: Managing Distractions in Law School

Podcast Episode 112: Managing Distractions in Law SchoolFrom the Law School Toolbox Podcast. In this episode:

  • Internet, social media and technology – put the phone down!
  • How overthinking and mental clutter block your focus
  • Offloading mental clutter with systems and habits
  • Life and relationships – setting healthy boundaries and efficiently taking care of your needs
  • Avoiding seeing distractions as a result of boredom
  • Improving concentration though improved sleeping habits
  • ADD/ADHD: even mild cases can manifest differently in the law school environment

Jurisprudence: Diagrams for Law Students

Jurisprudence: Diagrams for Law StudentsThis book contains diagrams and flowcharts as an aid to the study of Jurisprudence. Designed to help you get the big picture of the theories, jurists, and terms of the subject. Use them to see an overall picture of each before you begin reading your texts, to organize your own notes, and to review and revise. Prepare for your exams by using them to test your knowledge on the details.

Topics include:

  • The Imperative/Command Theory
  • Classical and Modern Natural Law Theory
  • Hart’s Concept of Law
  • Hart’s Defense Against Natural Law and Fuller’s Critiques
  • Raz, Practical Reason, the Authority of Law
  • Kelson’s Theory
  • Dworkin: Integrity and Interpretation
  • Marxist Legal Theory
  • Liberalism and the Law
  • Feminist Legal Theory

Study Guides: Lower prices, PDF downloads added, and Apple Pay option!

Now that Legal Yankee has partnered with Sulis International Press to publish our law school resource books, there are lower prices and the option to buy as a PDF for immediate download.

Prices range from 14.95-29.95, depending on the course level and format. Here are the available study guides (click for more info, pricing, and format options.

 

Legal Yankee Publications is now an Imprint of Sulis International. We publish study guides, learning resources, and reference material for law students in the United Kingdom, the United States, and other common law countries. If you have a manuscript you would like to submit for possible publication, visit the submission page at Sulis International here.

Sulis International is a modern small press that partners with authors to produce and promote select fiction and nonfiction. Print-on-demand, eBooks, and social media marketing results in lower costs for the publisher and therefore higher royalties to the authors. Visit Sulis International here.

Top 5 Reasons Why People Really Fail The Bar Exam

From bar Exam Toolbox:

Top 5 Reasons Why People Really Fail The Bar Exam

It’s probably every law student’s worst fear: failing the bar exam. You’ve invested time and money in seven years of higher education, three of them specifically aimed at one particular profession…so what will you do if you can’t get admitted to that profession? What will you do when everyone finds out? Will your career be over before it starts? Are you too lazy or not intelligent enough to be a lawyer?

The fact is that not everyone passes the first time. In some states less than a third of people taking the exam pass.

If you fail the bar exam, there are two important things you need to know: First, you’re not stupid and your life is not over. Second, it’s critical to figure out why you failed so you can pass the next time.

It’s a common mistake to assume that if you failed the bar, you didn’t study enough and you simply need to redouble your efforts. But if you repeat the same preparation as last time, just with more hours, you’re probably going to keep making the same mistakes.

It doesn’t matter if you were at the top of your class in law school or have always done well on exams. Many smart, hardworking people still fail the bar exam. The good news is, if you figure out what went wrong, you can address whatever stood in the way of passing. So, why do people really fail the bar exam?

  • 1. You Did Not Practice Enough
  • 2. You Did Not Course Correct
  • 3. You Did Not Know The Law
  • 4. You Didn’t Practice Time Management
  • 5. You Have Anxiety

Five Techniques For Using Deep Work To Excel In Law School

There is an interesting article from Law School Toolbox on “Deep Learning.” Here are some excerpts:

Five Techniques For Using Deep Work To Excel In Law SchoolLaw school presents law students with a number of incredible intellectual challenges. You have to memorize a great quantity of information in various substantive areas of law in a relatively short time. You have to learn to use a lot of arcane technical jargon correctly. You have to master a new system of legal proof that is just as complicated as the system of geometrical proofs you learned in high school. The only difference is that you will get substantially less support in learning how to do a legal proof than you did when you were learning how to do a geometrical proof.

The best way for law students to meet and overcome these challenges is to engage in “Deep Work.” Deep Work is the ability to focus exclusively for a long period of time on one particular intellectual task without distractions. Engaging in deep work means working with total uninterrupted concentration on whatever you are doing. It is the opposite of multi-tasking. Students who engage in deep work will be able to more quickly master complex information and produce superior results in less time.

Five suggestions are:

1. Avoid Multi-Tasking

2. Incorporate Deep Work Into Your Calendar

3. Prevent Interruptions

4. Close Or Minimize Social Media Accounts

5. Evaluate The Usefulness Of Study Groups And Other Meetings

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