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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Disappointing Impact Of Encouraging Students To Study More, The Disappointing Impact of Encouraging Students to Study More:

Time studying is strongly correlated with grades earned, but the amount of time that students spend studying has declined dramatically. This column describes an intervention at three higher education campuses that offered coaching and help for students to plan their time. Students were highly engaged, but there was no effect at all on their grades. This is consistent with previous results that suggest this type of intervention does not change student behaviour in a sustained and meaningful way.

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Maybe the decline in studying is correlated with lower bar passage rates.

Posted by: Chris | Nov 27, 2018 4:21:28 PM

Fake advertising. They don't have any evidence that students studied any more than before in their experiment, just that they filled out some forms.
"Treated students appeared to be highly engaged in the planning and coaching aspects of the programme. They created and used detailed weekly study plans, responded thoughtfully to questions about anticipating challenges throughout the semester, and almost half of U of T’s participants engaged regularly with their coaches by responding to text messages each week."

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Nov 29, 2018 6:33:21 PM