Teens have always been difficult to read, and with all the
distractions of today’s high-tech, always-plugged-in world, it can be even
harder to know what goes on inside high-school students’ heads. But TutaPoint
is here to shine a light.
We conducted a survey right before school started to find
out just what teens are thinking about their education and what’s going on in
the classroom. We got the scoop on their tech habits, too.
The results might surprise you.
School’s Out for Summer – Good or Bad?
- If you thought no teen would ever admit that
there was a downside to summer vacation, think again: 71% of respondents admit that
summer break can have a negative impact on their learning, saying, “Yes, I lose
some of the stuff I learned last year over the summer.”
- If you guessed that a majority of respondents
were smartphone users, you’d be right: 61 percent say they use either an iPhone
But, none of the respondents own a Blackberry or
The main way student respondents reach the
Internet? The laptop.
- Forget about the “dog-ate-my-homework” excuse of
yore: 62 percent of student respondents say they can turn in their homework
assignments online or via email.
In the Classroom
- Not all learning is taking place inside the
bricks-and-mortar high school: 42 percent of student respondents say they’ve
taken a course online, and 30 percent say they’ve taken an online course for
- No need to clap those erasers---Most classrooms
don’t even have blackboards anymore! In fact, 64 percent of respondents say
their classrooms don’t use traditional blackboards.
- When it’s time to hit the books, 38 percent of
student respondents say it’s math homework that gives them the most stress—ahead
of prepping for the ACT/SAT and maintaining an after-school job.
- 55 percent of student respondents say they feel
a tutor could help them get better grades.
The TutaPoint unit of Apparos
Education conducted this survey between Aug. 26 and Aug. 29, 2013. More than
10,000 invitations to participate were sent out to students through email and
social media. Sixty-five responses were received from students across the
United States, with no specific geographical region represented. More females
responded than men. Respondents received no compensations, but all were entered
in a random drawing for a gift card.