ERIC Number: ED329166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Study Skills Differences among High-Risk College Freshmen.
Ickes, Curt; Fraas, John W.
This study investigated three aspects of the study skills and academic performances of at-risk college freshmen. The following questions were examined: (1) Can groups of at-risk freshmen who have different levels of academic performance be identified through pre-existing differences in study skills? (2) Do significant changes in study skills, as measured by the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) Test, occur during the first semester of college for this population? and (3) Do changes in study skills have any impact on academic performance for this at-risk group? The study was conducted at a small liberal arts university with 20 female and 39 male college freshmen identified to be academically at-risk. Results of the study indicated that: (1) pre-existing differences in study skill scores as measured by the LASSI Test could not be used to identify groups of students who performed at different academic levels during the first year; (2) the subjects exhibited significant gains in some study skill areas during the first semester, including: anxiety management, concentration, information processing, self-testing, and use of study aids; and (3) gains in study skills had little impact on academic performance as measured by the first and second semester grade point averages. (25 references) (Author/JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (12th, Chicago, IL, October 17-20, 1990).