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AI assistants and their contributions to students' academics

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THE rapid advancement of Artificial Intelligence technology has revolutionised the way students approach their studies, with AI assistants becoming an indispensable part of the modern academic toolkit.

Across University campuses and schools nationwide, students are increasingly turning to AI-powered chatbots and virtual assistants to enhance their learning experience. These AI systems have proven adept at providing tailored academic support, from helping with research and writing to offering personalised explanations of complex course material.

"AI has become an invaluable resource for students like myself," says Sarah Akintunde, a third-year engineering student at the University of Lagos.

"I use AI assistants to brainstorm ideas, proofread my papers, and even break down difficult concepts from my lectures. It's made a huge difference in my ability to succeed academically," she added.

Institutions have also embraced the integration of AI into the learning process. Many Universities now offer AI-powered virtual tutoring services and writing assistance tools accessible through student portals and mobile apps. Lecturers have also begun experimenting with AI chatbots to provide out-of-class support and answer student questions.

"We recognise the immense potential of AI to empower our students and transform the educational experience," says Prof. Aisha Mumuni, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Ibadan.

"By equipping our students with these cutting-edge tools, we're setting them up for success both in the classroom and in their future careers," she stated.

However, the rapid adoption of AI in academia has also raised concerns about potential misuse, such as students using AI to plagiarise or circumvent learning objectives. Educational institutions are working to develop guidelines and policies to ensure the ethical and responsible use of AI by students.

Despite these challenges, the consensus among students and educators is that AI has become an indispensable asset in the modern academic landscape. As technology continues to evolve, its impact on the way students learn and excel is poised to grow even more profound in the years to come.

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