Apparently this is now is an epidemic on college and university campuses affecting students’ ability to take notes and start their research. A terrible affliction. Some intrepid researchers, non-student researchers mind you who must be resistant to this virulent strain, have found some striking…findings. Consider the following preliminary symptoms (among several) and decide whether or not they may be related:
- Students used words such as “angst”, “dread”, “anxious”, “stressed”, “disgusted”, “confused” and “overwhelmed” as the one word that describes their reaction to receiving a research assignment.
- The majority of the students we intereviewed did not start on an assignment – thinking about it, researching or writing – until two or three days before it was due.
Mutually exclusive? My thoughts exactly. More to the point, I gleaned this fascinating grain of psycholuminescence further down:
On the downside many participants considered formal library instruction of little value to them – not because it wasn’t helpful or informative but it was hard to recall what was learned when it was needed for an assignment.
Hmmmm, signs of neurological stress and memory loss, particularly during sessions of library instruction. We need some test subjects and further research. Hopefully our note-taking abilities we won’t be afflicted.