Nightly News | May 28, 2012
>>> what if we told you that college kids are studying less than ever before? that's what some new research shows. and while you mieth be tempted to say it's a lack of discipline or perhaps too much fun during those four years, as our chief education correspondent rehema ellis found out, it is a sign of the times .
>> many college students spent the last few weeks hard at work studying for final examines. dan calls it crunch time .
>> basically, you're in the library, not sleeping at all. it kicks up.
>> margie is a neuroscience major and rack said up lots of study hours.
>> between 25 and 35.
>> but research shows that's more the exception than the rule. the national survey of student engagement reveals college students are actually studying less than they did 50 years ago. back then, the average study time was 24 hours a week. that's dropped to about 15 hours.
>> time might be an overly simplistic pleasure.
>> julianne has spent more than a dede studying study habits.
>> what students put into their college education is a good measure of estimate of the value they get out of it.
>> today, those measure mentds are often equated with cost. some wonder, shouldn't studying time be up, too. while some might think college is easier today, students we talked to disagree, saying they just study more efficiently.
>> 15 hours teaching yourself material for four or five classes is perfectly adequate.
>> others credit the modern age , saying technology reduces time spent in the library reading and writing.
>> it's easier now, i would say, finding information.
>> cynthia says like many students across the united states , students at cal state northridge say students have more.
>> the vast majority are working and working far more than the 20 hours a week we suggest.
>> junior lauren grazer juggles nor than a full course load.
>> full time student, full time job.
>> this new generation of students finding new ways to learn in and out of the class room .
>>> when we come back, the golden gate bridge , even more spectacular than usual. it's simple