Teaching study skills with dental school software

February 2nd, 2015


Teaching study skills has never been more important. Starting with grade school and moving through high school, students are learning how to read complicated texts and teach themselves to further their educational development. The question arises whether students in a dental school are practicing good study habits. Dental academic software allows professors to decide for themselves if this is true or not. The technology also fosters study habits that will enable people to learn things and study better by working smarter, not harder.

The necessity of teaching study skills
Good learning habits start early, but it's never too late to help students refine their ability to focus and pay attention when it's necessary to practice for a test. Jonathan Law High School in Connecticut even goes so far as to offer extracurricular programs on the subject, the Connecticut Bulletin reported. These help students learn methods for memorizing vocabulary words and hammer home the importance of focusing and avoid distractions.

"Learning study skills lays a solid foundation for students to achieve their goals in school and beyond," said Fran Thompson, principal at Jonathan Law High School, the Bulletin reported.

Study habits are changing, according to the Daily Toreador, part of the reason is that even college students can get distracted by technology.

"If I'm writing a paper, if I get in between ideas and I'm not continuously thinking and typing," said Andrew Jones, a junior microbiology major from Texas, according to the Toreador, "then I'll go get distracted and get on Facebook or YouTube or something else like that."

Colleges are using tools like academic software to help combat the tendency to distract oneself when working. They are teaching maturity and responsibility when it comes to learning online. Some professors recommend students with smartphones or tablets delete the apps that distract them the most.

The bottom line is that technology generally helps more than it hurts, said Marta Kvande, associate professor of restoration and British literature, according to the Toreador.

"There are also ways that it can be positive in the classroom," said Kvande. "For instance, I have a lot of students who use their phones to do readings to get the online texts, and I know that's a huge help because they can get free versions of the texts that way."

Educating students about the difference between helpful and unhelpful study habits is possible through the positive reinforcement of dental school software. Additionally, professors can use the tools to check online to see who is studying what and how much time each student is spending on assignments and study time. This helps the teachers customize their approaches to educating each student.

Dental students need help, too
A recent study by Maureen McAndrew, DDS, MSEd, Rajit Kamboj and Gaelle C. Pierre, PhD tested whether students are learning properly. They reported in the Journal of Dental Education that many students at the undergraduate level are unaware of the benefits that come from self-testing. One of the great abilities provided to those who use dental and oral hygiene academic software is the built-in tools for studying information quickly and easily. Students simply log in and find one of the available study modules that a professor has included among the other tools available on their class page. They can then answer multiple choice questions that are assigned randomly from a pool of many different tests. These individual quizzes will continually change with more questions, so that students will always be able to strengthen the core areas they need to work at the most. Professors can upload as many quizzes or question lists as they believe are necessary.

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