Students Can Learn Something From Successful On-line Gaming Habits

We enjoy video games. There is no denying that. In 2009, $25.9 billion was spent on gaming. The numbers have declined a bit since that time but not by much. Over three billion hours a week are dedicated to online gaming. That is an enormous amount of money and time being invested in an activity that was once seen by many as pointless.

As the numbers continue to grow for students who are interested in online learning it seems there are parallels with online gaming and online education. Certain skills that successful gamers possess might also benefit students pursuing higher education.

Optimal Optimism

As a gamer you believe you can win every time you pick up the controller. Have you ever played through an entire level or game and reached the boss and turned the game off because you didn’t think you could win? No. Gamers view the more powerful enemies as a challenge waiting to be tackled not an impossible obstacle to overcome.

Students can learn from gamers and bring that same attitude with them into the classroom. I have heard classmates say, “I can’t do math,” or “maybe college just isn’t for me.” Gamers can fail hundreds of times but instead of giving up they are anxious for another chance to try a different method or build up their character to beat the challenge. Successful students do the same. When they fail a test they stay after class for extra help, get a tutor, or spend more time studying.

Strength In Numbers

Online gaming is so popular because you can join up with a team of friends or complete strangers and have fun playing. I always had a great time playing Left for Dead online. The parts of the game that would usually give you problems can be handled by teammates and vice versa. After seeing how they handled challenges that were difficult to you before, you have an idea of how to go about it on your own later.

Students do this same thing in school all the time. Study groups are popular in high school and college for many reasons.

  • Common ground: You are all in the same class working towards getting the best grade possible and understanding concepts.
  • Each one teach one: You may have a great understanding on one topic but be completely clueless on another. There is a good chance other classmates can help you and could use your help as well.
  • Social studies: Over 20 years of academic research have proven that group study sessions are more effective than studying alone.

You Get What You Put In

Online gamers all start off at the same level. In Call of Duty online mode the characters physical appearance may be different but the experience levels are equal at the beginning. Gamers that spend more time learning new techniques, completing tasks and battling enemies will gain experience points and grow stronger. Gamers that play once or twice a week for a few minutes will take much longer to advance.

The same applies to your studies.  Students grow by:

  • Being in class
  • Studying alone and with a study group
  • Reading the text
  • Reading additional articles in support of the required text
  • Completing assignments.

Students that constantly miss class and are not studying and meeting with classmates or the professor to catch up will fail the course the majority of the time.  Successful gamers and successful students share many of the same traits and methods to reach their goals.  You’ve just been given a reason to study on-line gaming habits to make you a better student…


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