Sadly, though web searches have become an integral part of the academic research landscape, the art of the Google search is an increasingly lost one. A recent study at Illinois Wesleyan University found that fewer than 25% of students could perform a “reasonably well-executed search.” Wrote researchers, “The majority of students — of all levels — exhibited significant difficulties that ranged across nearly every aspect of the search process.”
If college students are so poorly prepared to conduct Google searches, K-12 students must be even less so. With all the talk about teaching 21st century skills in our public schools, not enough time is spent on this basic element of school work. What’s going on?
Here’s an infographic from HackCollege that offers basic search tips. If teachers even spent a few hours on this every year, high school graduates would be better prepared for college and for life.
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I need to use these tips more regularly: