ERIC Number: ED406897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Effects of Study Skills Programs on the Academic Behaviors of College Students.
Bender, David S.
This study investigated the effects of a study skills course combined with or without class-specific tutoring, and whether or not faculty would be able to observe differences in behavior of high risk students as a result of student participation in the two different levels of intervention. Students (n=22) in the College Skills Development Program (CSDP), a comprehensive developmental studies program that consists of a study skills course with required attendance at tutoring sessions, were compared to students (n=30) who voluntarily enrolled in a study skills course and to a control group (n=21). Students were compared with regard to grade point average (GPA) and faculty perceptions of academic behaviors. Achievement was found to be greater for the students in the comprehensive program and the faculty reported a greater number of positive behaviors on the part of these students in their classes. A significant correlation between GPA and the instrument used to elicit faculty perceptions indicated the validity of this type of assessment in measuring successful academic behaviors. A one-way analysis of variance indicated that the three groups of students differed in terms of predicted GPA and how their actual performances compared to their predicted achievement. The CSDP group that combined study skills course with academic tutoring had the best academic achievement. The faculty questionnaire is appended. (Author/JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (20th, Hilton Head, SC, February 19-22, 1997).