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ERIC Number: EJ820766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Predicted versus Actual Performance in Undergraduate Organic Chemistry and Implications for Student Advising
Pursell, David P.
Journal of Chemical Education, v84 n9 p1448-1452 Sep 2007
Performance as measured by grades in the first and second semesters of organic chemistry was predicted using pre-college measures (SAT scores, high school rank, validation exams) and college measures (general chemistry GPA, overall college GPA prior to beginning organic chemistry, first-semester organic chemistry GPA). Data indicate that overall college GPA prior to organic chemistry is the best predictor of first-semester organic chemistry GPA. First-semester organic chemistry performance is the best predictor of second-semester organic performance. The ability of faculty to reasonably predict how students will do in organic chemistry is particularly applicable in academic program and career advising, especially for students pursuing medical school. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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