ERIC Number: ED394510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
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Personalized Advice on Study Skills: A Computer-Based System To Help University Students and Staff.
Speth, Carol A.; And Others
One recent goal of the British Higher Education Funding Council has been to find ways to use technology to cope with the increasing size and diversity of the student population. A development team at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) received a grant to investigate how technology might be used to identify and help students put at risk by their deficient study skills. This report describes the development of software designed to that end. One piece, "StudentView," became a series of scoring formulas which allow users who have no background in educational research or statistics to compare students. A package of student-centered software called "Personalized Advice on Study Skills" (PASS) has a questionnaire component for self-testing and a "StudyAdvisor" component that is able to offer study suggestions tailored to the individual. Advice deals not only with academic endeavors like essay writing, oral presentations, and group projects, but also with stress and other outside influences on successful studying and time management. Suggestions can be applied by students whose approaches to learning vary from deep to surface to strategic. Although some terminology may be unfamiliar to students in the United States, the software content may be useful in American settings. Some sample text from "StudyAdvisor" is appended. (Contains 10 references and 6 figures.) (BEW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Technology Utilization; University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).