ERIC Number: ED238506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Student Learning Processes: How Poorly Prepared Students Succeed in College.
Easton, John Q.; Ginsberg, Rick
In 1982-83, a study was undertaken at the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) to ascertain the attributes and learning processes of high-achieving students of relatively low aptitude so that these attributes and processes might be taught to other students to improve their achievement. Interviews were conducted with 26 CCC students who belonged to or were eligible to belong to the campus honor societies, and who had relatively low reading placement test scores. During the interviews students were asked about their background, financial concerns, high school background, college choice, study and work habits, in-class activities, teacher relations, personal goals, extracurricular activities, and satisfaction. Study findings included the following: (1) involvement, review/restudy, selectivity, and planning seemed to be the major processes responsible for academic success; (2) in-class involvement was demonstrated by regular attendance, taking notes, asking questions, and participating in discussions; (3) students were careful to choose an efficient study atmosphere out of class and took advantage of additional resources as needed; (4) students compensated for their academic weaknesses by taking refresher or developmental courses, building basic skills, reading for practice, and reviewing and restudying course material; (5) students were highly selective in what they chose to study; (6) they planned ahead for the short- and long-term; and (7) they possessed strong motivation to achieve success. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Chicago City Colleges, IL. Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning.