Effective Study Skills And Academic Performance

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Research has even shown that study skills yield "benefit[s]…in areas beyond improving their academic performance" (White, 2004, p.38). Study skills are vital because they help to improve one’s retention of information, aid in strengthening one’s performance in classes and in evaluation, and to assist in applying information in real life or in work setting.

Effective study skills can take the form of a range or combination of various learning strategies and techniques. All, when performed properly, increase the possibility of improved academic performance. Additionally, the amount of time spent studying in class can also increase a student’s likelihood to perform better academically. Research shows that it is unclear whether the amount of time spent studying is more important than having effective study habits. While a majority of college students lack the skill sets for effective studying, many researchers argue that it is the time spent studying that will have the greatest effect on performance. One study shows that upon entrance to college, most students are less prepared than their counterparts from decades ago (Nonis and Hudson, 2006). As the demands of college-level work increase, the motivation and time spent studying must also increase to maintain or improve academic performance. However, since 1987, time spent studying outside of class has steadily been on the decline (Higher Education Research Institute, 2003). Surveys taken by college freshmen from 413 of the nation’s colleges showed that only 34 percent of these students spent six or more hours per week studying during their senior year of high school. The assumption was made that study habits were carried forward into college and explain the lack of preparedness for students completing college-level work. In another study of college freshmen, the correlation between time spent outside of class on academic activit View More »

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