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Indian students find educational apps helpful for homework

By Mansi Jain,

A recent survey found that 77% of Indian students rely on educational apps for their holiday homework.

The survey was conducted by Brainly, an education technology company.

Nowadays, many students rely on the knowledge of Google to help them out with their summer assignments. It has always come to their aid when everything else failed them. But with most of their education now being conducted through online platforms, students’ dependence on the internet and educational apps has increased manifold. A recent survey, conducted by Brainly, an education technology company, bears testimony to the fact. This research had been conducted to map out the existing and emerging education trends.  

Findings of the study 
The survey collected a total of 1,758 responses from young learners across India. It found several interesting trends in India’s remote learning landscape like a growing popularity of online platforms amongst young learners across the country. There are four prominent trends highlighted by the survey: 

  • Around 77% of Indian students find educational apps helpful for their holiday homework. 
  • Students are increasingly relying on educational apps and online resources. On being asked about the subjects they needed the most help with, one-third (33%) of students picked Maths, followed by English (17%) and science (15%).
  • Students prefer brainstorming with their peers than taking the help of their parents. A majority (67%) of students admitted to taking the help of or collaborating with their peers for doing their holiday homework while 58% of them said they took the help of their parents for the same. 
  • Indian students prefer to digitally connect with their peers to dispel the lockdown-induced isolation. Given the ramifications of the pandemic on the mental and cognitive capacity of the population, it comes as no surprise that a substantial 70% of young students claimed that they found it stressful to do their holiday homework during the lockdowns. 

Implications of the findings 
The survey brings to light the increasing role of online learning platforms and marks a move towards more dynamic, responsive, and community-led solutions for accessing and sharing knowledge. This has led to a trend of increase in self-reliance and confidence amongst students through collaborative efforts to engage in active learning. On one hand, this can be due to the easy access and availability of technology and internet which promotes such collaborations. On the other hand, it could also be indicative of the effect of decreased opportunity for students to interact and socialise with their peers physically. All these factors combine together to contribute to the increasing preference of students for digital connections with fellow students.

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