URIS HALL — In a recent study from the Cornell Psychology department, the vast majority of university students are found to be most productive during lectures when they are doing homework for other classes.
“The data suggest that, instead of paying attention to philosophy or economics professors, a student’s time during rambling seminars is much better spent by silently working through problem sets or short-essay responses for unrelated courses,” said study co-author Dana Walsh. She added that traditional note-taking and class participation have always been huge obstacles preventing students from getting fifty pages of reading done before lunch.
“Our paper also shows that in addition to finishing homework, students also feel at their most prolific filling out graduate school applications or playing Temple Run right in the middle of their discussion or lab sections as well.”
Despite the study’s findings, researchers insist that attending lecture is still necessary for the few moments when the professor specifically mentions something will be on the exam.