2015年9月15日托福独立写作范文：Nowadays, students do many things like surfing the internet, listening to music when they are learning. Do you agree or disagree that doing other things impose bad effect on learning?
As modern technology has improved greatly, children are more likely to be attracted by various electronic devices such as iPad, cellphone, computer and MP3, which will have negative impact on their study.
First of all, students can hardly concentrate on their homework if they pay more attention to irrelevant issues. In order to finish homework effectively, students have to focus on it for a certain time. Electronic devices will distract their attention and lack of concentration may lead to more errors in homework. For example, when I was listening to music, I would follow the rhythm of music and sang it out aloud unconsciously. It would be hard for me to focus on my homework and the mistakes in my homework would scarcely be found by myself.
Secondly, children are easily addicted to electronic devices. This will occupy them a lot of time which should have been given to homework. The funny videos or various entertaining games in electronic devices seem to be more attractive than tedious homework. Children do not have to work hard to be winners in those games. On the contrary, they have to make great efforts to solve the problems in their homework. If they use cellphones or surf on the internet, they are more likely to spend more time on playing games or chatting with friends, which will leave them insufficient time to finish their homework.
Thirdly, students may get used to go for the internet for assistance instead of thinking independently when they encounter tricky problems. It is vital for children to learn how to think independently and critically when they are still young. However, the internet offers an easy access for children to get the answer of their schoolwork, which will definitely have negative effects on children’s mental development.
In conclusion, children should not be allowed to use electronic devices when they are doing their schoolwork, for they are likely to be distracted by these devices and will not think independently with the help of internet.
While I prefer to put away my cellphone when doing homework, I can see how some students could benefit from having a cellphone around. I think it is fine for students to use cellphones while studying as long as they can stay focused.
One reason is that many students are accustomed to studying with music. They find that certain types of music puts them into a “study mode,” and that music can make the monotony of studying more bearable. My friend, for example, has a hard time sitting in one place unless she plays classical music. Normally she is very high-energy and distractible, but while listening to classical music, she calms down and becomes highly focused. For students like her, a cellphone is a highly useful study aid. It allows her to bring her music with her anywhere, so she is not limited to just studying in her room where her stereo is.
Another reason is that students sometimes need to use the internet to do research or check assignments, but it is not always possible or desirable for them to carry a laptop around. In these situations, a cellphone is a good substitute. I remember one time when I had to complete a history assignment while on a family vacation. There wasn’t access to the internet where we were going, so my laptop would have been useless for research. Instead, I used my cellphone’s 3G connection to do research and wrote the assignment by hand. The vacation was much more relaxing because I didn’t have to lug my heavy laptop and charger around, and I still finished the assignment on time.
Some will point out that cellphones can potentially distract students from their work. This is true, but in my experience they are far less distracting than laptops, which students use quite frequently for schoolwork. Cellphones have much smaller screens and generally take more effort to use, so students are less likely to waste time on them reading blogs or playing games. It simply isn’t as satisfying to procrastinate on a cellphone—laptops are much better for that. Plus, if you’re writing a paper on your laptop, your web browser is just a couple of clicks away. If you’re writing by hand with a cellphone next to you, it’s a bit less easy to put down your pencil, pick up your phone, unlock it, and open a browser.
While I don’t personally use cellphones while studying unless absolutely necessary, I think that they can be helpful for a lot of students. It’s true that cellphones can be distracting, but they’re less damaging to productivity than laptops, so I think it’s hard to argue that students shouldn’t use them.