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ERIC Number: EJ953319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Factors Affecting the Study Pace of First-Year Law Students: In Search of Study Counselling Tools
Haarala-Muhonen, Anne; Ruohoniemi, Mirja; Lindblom-Ylanne, Sari
Studies in Higher Education, v36 n8 p911-922 2011
This study explores factors affecting the study pace of law students during their first academic year. The participants comprised two student groups: those whose number of study credits were the lowest and highest. Altogether, 25 students (11 with a slow and 14 with a fast study pace) were interviewed. The factors affecting study pace mentioned by the students were the same in both groups and could be classified into five categories: motivation, behaviour, cognition, context and other involvements. The group of fast study pace students turned out to be fairly homogeneous. They were highly motivated, planned and organised their study schedules accurately, used various study strategies and had good metacognitive skills. On the contrary, the group of slow study pace students showed more individual variation. Lack of volition and difficulties in time management were the most typical weaknesses of the slow study pace students. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland (Helsinki)