Doing homework with peers enhances confidence and communication skills: Survey

February 11, 2020

Brainly, an online learning community for students, parents, and teachers, conducted survey research on its Indian user-base. Titled To Teach is to Learn, the survey garnered an overwhelming response, with its 2000 plus participants sharing their opinions and experiences regarding online learning platforms and knowledge-exchange.

The research revealed that approximately 89.2 percent of the respondents find online learning platforms beneficial, with 40.2 percent affirming an enhanced awareness and knowledge about different concepts, 32.7 percent noting an improvement in their academic performance, and 16.3 percent stating how these platforms have helped them network with fellow students, teachers, parents, and experts.

When asked about how exchanging knowledge on these platforms has helped, 31.8 percent of the participants stated how they feel motivated to constantly update and revise their academic knowledge, 30.4 percent noted how doing homework with peers is a more enjoyable experience, and 28.4 percent of them felt an increase in confidence to help peers out with their homework.

The survey drew further insights regarding the frequency at which students resort to online learning platforms —over 25.4 percent of respondents use them for their day-to-day studies whereas 23.9 percent leverage them for homework and 16.9 percent for projects and assignments. A significant 25.1 percent of them find online learning highly beneficial for exam preparation and resort to using these platforms more frequently during those times.

In line with the theme, the survey probed into what the participants think happens when a student teaches a fellow student. 29.7 percent believe students develop a better understanding of concepts, 23.7 percent think it enhances confidence and communication skills, 21.7 percent consider it a booster for creativity and problem-solving skills, and 20.8 percent feel that it helps students improve knowledge retention as well as logical reasoning. These figures are indicative of how online learning platforms like Brainly have succeeded in gaining traction and prevalence as an effective alternative mode for academic learning.

Commenting on the survey findings, Michał Borkowski, Co-founder and CEO, Brainly said, “We believe that teaching is a perpetual process of learning in itself, and those who keep learning can teach, inspire, and motivate others to a great extent. Our objective behind conducting this survey was to discern the extent to which our Indian-base agrees with these beliefs. Equipped with these findings, we hope to continue to serve as an effective additional online coach for these students, empowering them with knowledge-exchange, deeper understanding, and holistic learning.”

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