Study: the AI ​​tools most used by students in 2024

Study: the AI ​​tools most used by students in 2024

The Léonard de Vinci cluster, made up of three higher education establishments, the Talan innovation consulting group and the RN Conseil firm, publish a study on the use of artificial intelligence by students. This is based on two surveys: a first carried out before an AI hackathon, which collected 1,119 responses from students, and a second carried out after the event, recording 711 responses. Here are the lessons learned from the study.

Please note: the study was carried out with fourth-year students from the Leonardo da Vinci center, specialized in the fields of management, engineering, design and creation. Although it provides relevant information on the use of artificial intelligence by students, the panel cannot be considered representative of the entire student population.

99% of students use generative AI

In just over a year, generative AI has become firmly established in students’ habits. The study reveals that 99% of students use generative AI, 92% use it regularly and 30% use it daily. Here are the five most frequent uses and benefits:

  1. Increase your knowledge (65%)
  2. Increase your productivity (65%)
  3. Perform a search (64%)
  4. Save time in daily life (62%)
  5. Generate texts (56%)

And AI seems to have established itself in the long term in the practices of students: 65% affirm in particular that the presence of generative AI constitutes one of the main criteria in choosing a company.

ChatGPT Plus is used more than Gemini and Copilot

Unsurprisingly, ChatGPT is by far the AI ​​tool most used by students (see front page image). 88% of respondents use the free version, while 30% opt for the paid ChatGPT Plus plan, compared to 27% for Gemini and 24% for Copilot. When it comes to image generators, OpenAI is also in the lead: 29% of students use DALL-E, compared to 24% opting for Midjourney.

The main advantage of ChatGPT, according to respondents, is its ease of use, appreciated by 95% of students, far ahead of its reliability, admitted by only 68% of the panel. A worrying figure, since 52% of students indicate that ChatGPT influences their choices, and 51% recognize that they would have difficulty doing without it.

Students are aware of the risks of AI

Although 70% of respondents have a positive opinion of AI, they remain aware of the risks associated with its emergence. Among the main concerns, the security of personal and professional data comes first for 80% of respondents, followed by the increased influence of tech giants (64%) and the unreliability of answers (59%).

Concerns also extend to social and environmental aspects, as well as the influence that these tools can have in the manipulation of opinion, in particular through the proliferation of deepfakes. As such, 49% of students surveyed fear that generative AI tools pose a risk to democracy.

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