ERIC Number: EJ1093884
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Peer Mentors Can Improve Academic Performance
Asgari, Shaki; Carter, Frederick, Jr.
Teaching of Psychology, v43 n2 p131-135 Apr 2016
The present study examined the relationship between peer mentoring and academic performance. Students from two introductory psychology classes either received (n = 37) or did not receive (n = 36) peer mentoring. The data indicated a consistent improvement in the performance (i.e., grades on scheduled exams) of the mentored group. A similar pattern of improvement was observed in the performance of students who scored below the class average on the first scheduled exam in the mentored group. Furthermore, the average score on Exam 4 as well as the final course grade was significantly higher for the mentored compared with the nonmentored group, indicating the potential benefits of prolonged exposure to a peer mentor. We also report students' personal impressions of the peer mentoring experience.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Peer Teaching, Mentors, Academic Achievement, Student Improvement, Introductory Courses, Psychology, Grades (Scholastic), Scores, Comparative Analysis, Student Attitudes, Quasiexperimental Design, Statistical Analysis
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