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Using the Internet to Study

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Are your students using the internet to support their study efforts? In a recent survey of 139 first-year medical students enrolled in a physiology course, 98 percent reported that they were looking at physiology content online (O’Malley et al., 2019). Almost 90 percent of them did so weekly, mostly using material found on YouTube. Ninety-four percent said they would look for answers online if they didn’t understand something before they’d ask the instructor. Only 31 percent “fact-checked” the information they found online.

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