Survey Says: The vast majority of students have not had the opportunity to learn to code.

Six in 10 Students Think Coding Will Be a  Competitive Advantage to Job Hunters; Only 23 Percent Know How to Code

Study shows 59 percent of students who don’t code would like to learn but haven’t had the opportunity

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19, 2014 – StudyMode, an ed-tech company dedicated to helping students succeed in school, today announced the results of its “Student Psyche Report” on students and coding, which asked approximately 1,000 student members about their experience with computer programming. The study found that while 61 percent of students believe coding will be a competitive advantage when they are ready to find a job, less than one-quarter (23 percent) currently know at least one programming language, with the number dropping to one-fifth (20 percent) among high school students.

Students do not know how to code (Infographic)

Among students who don’t know how to code, 59 percent said they’d like to learn how, but haven’t had the opportunity, and 30 percent said they’re just not interested in learning. Only 8 percent said they’d tried and found it too hard. Of those who do code, more than half (54 percent) learned in school, and three in 10 (30 percent) are self-taught.

Most students believe the jobs of the future will involve coding. Two-thirds (67 percent) think that some or almost all jobs will require coding by the time they’ve finished their education. When it comes to their own personal futures, however, students are less certain. Thirty-seven percent say it’s somewhat or very likely that their future careers will require coding, while 32 percent think it’s somewhat or very unlikely, and another 30 percent aren’t sure either way.

“I know from personal experience how important coding skills are in today’s world,” said StudyMode co-founder and CEO Blaine Vess. “I taught myself to code in college and today and its sister sites help more than 90 million students each month. I’m glad to see that so many students today recognize its importance, and hope that number will grow in the future.”

Other StudyMode findings include:

Coding Skills between Males and Females (Infographic)

  • Across all educational levels, men are more likely than women to be coders—31 percent of male students said they know how to program, compared to just 18 percent of female students
  • While 59 percent of student coders know how to develop for at least one mobile platform, only one quarter (25 percent) know how to develop for iOS—while 33 percent know how to develop for Android and 32 percent for Windows
  • Nearly six in 10 (59 percent) learned to code between the ages of 11 and 18, with another 30 percent learning at age 19 or older. Five percent started early, at age 7 or younger.
  • More than half of students who code (51 percent) say they learned because they enjoy it. A pragmatic 43 percent learned because they think it will be useful to their career.



In July 2014, StudyMode surveyed approximately 1,000 student members. The sample set represents males and females ranging from high school through college. Approximately 40 percent of respondents indicated they were in college; 34 percent indicated high school; 20 percent indicated graduate school and 6 percent indicated 8th grade or below. Respondents were predominantly female (57 percent).


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Why StudyMode?

Some background first.  StudyMode is a global education company that was founded by regular, Midwest guys who struggled in school. Today, we help more than 90 million visitors a month. Our students range from pre-schoolers to MBA students and come from countries like Russia, India and the US. People tell us “I wish I had StudyMode when I was in school”.

So how does StudyMode pertain to you?  Think about your classroom, and how you glean ideas and inspiration from your peers by discussing different ideas and exploring different theories.  We’re the digital version of that experience. We are a platform of ideas and research uploaded by your peers across the globe.  So if you’re looking for perspectives on the growth of the internet or what the effect of WWII was on the European economy, we have documents that cover those topics and more.

How do I get started?

Researching on StudyMode is incredibly easy.

Continue Reading 18 Languages and Counting

We are constantly looking for more ways to help students learn. Over the past few months, we’ve developed an audio feature that will read aloud your flashcards. It’s perfect for auditory learners (those who remember things by hearing them) and language learners.

What’s more is that we support these audio features across 18 different languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Dutch
  • Danish
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Swedish
  • Turkish
  • Polish
  • Icelandic
  • Romanian
  • Welsh

Ready to try it out? Find the audio icon on the top of your flashcard set in the Flashcard and Memorize tabs.  Toggle it on.  Audio is now turned on for every flashcard within your set.


Screenshot of the audio icons on

To repeat the audio, press the audio icon located on the top left corner of your flashcards.

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Mihailo Dzigurski. Department of Water and Power. Downtown Los Angeles.

Studying LA’s City Lights

Here at StudyMode we are quite a diverse team yet share many common hobbies in occupying our time outside of the office. Photography being one of them, a group of us recently ventured to downtown Los Angeles for a night shoot. Heading to the Los Angeles city-center we were on the hunt for the abundant and dramatic light of the skyline as well as just getting out of the office together.

Our first stop of the night was the 110 overpass to capture the streaking lights of cars below and the glow of the rising buildings in the distance. The overpass at 4th street is a well known photographer’s vantage point where you can find people taking the iconic slow shutter shot most nights. After successfully capturing the area we ventured next to the Department of Water Works building found across the street from the Disney Concert Hall and Dorthy Chandler Pavillion. Highlighted in many a feature film and TV series, the building’s surrounding ponds and water features provide a dramatic foreground to the skyscrapers of the financial district. After about two hours on the streets we dispersed to recharge for another day in the office.

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StudyMode Team

Hello World

We’re very excited to announce the launch of our new StudyMode blog. In the coming months, we’ll be sharing more about our company culture, team and new products and features that you’re sure to love.

StudyMode has been in the business of helping students for over 14 years, and we’re excited to continue developing the tools you need to succeed at all levels of education. We are proud to serve millions of students from all around the world, and would love to hear from you about how we can improve our products and services.

One of the main motivations of the blog is to share more about the people behind the sites. At the end of the day, we’re just a group of people who are excited about leveraging technology to help students with their assignments.

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