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How can television help students in their studies?

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Introduction

How can television help students in their studies? Television viewing is a major activity for modern day children and youth. Studies have shown, for example, that young children in the United States watch approximately four hours of television a day. By the time they graduate from high school, they will have more hours watching television that they have spent in the classroom. Can these hours of television viewing be put to good use? Can television viewing help students in their study? Actually, the impact that television viewing makes on a child's academic performance depends not only on how much is watched but what is watched. ...read more.

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For young children, exposure to programs like this will be a good preparation for preschool. Older, school going children may also benefit from certain television programs. Many countries have education television programs, specially designed to reinforce the lessons taught in school at both primary and secondary levels. This can cover a wide range of subjects, such as Mathematics, Science, Geography and History. Educational television uses multimedia to make lessons more interesting. A history lesson could include movies based on the incidences being studies, dramatizations of certain scenes, and photographs of the locations of these incidents. Geography lessons would include videos of the places being studied, interview with the people of these lands, and songs and dances of the lands; biology lessons could include videos of animals in motion, or cadavers being dissected. ...read more.

Conclusion

The end product should surely be more interesting and effective than a lesson prepared by the average classroom teacher who has to think up the lesson plans, day after day, on top of her burden of paperwork. Besides, government sponsored educational television, other commercial television programs may also help students in their studies. Documentaries concerning geographical, historical or scientific facts, for example, may inspire students or create an interest in the school subjects. Furthermore, language skills can be improved through watching many programs, such as movies in target language. In conclusion, it must be acknowledged that too much television viewing will probably be detrimental to any student's examination results, as it would be time taken away from personal revision. However, watching selected television programs in a controlled way could be beneficial to a good students studies. ...read more.

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