Students with the psychology teachers Nick Marsing and Dana Erskine are now participating in a study, one focused on student study habits. “The main purpose of this project is to examine if having students reflect on their study habits leading up to a test will positively influence their study habits for the following test, potentially leading to better study habits and skills, and therefore better performance on subsequent tests.” The test, which started last week, will continue to the end of the semester. A two part questionnaire is used to gather data. One before the test, and one after. Before each test, students are handed a piece of paper asking them how confident they feel for the test and to reflect on their studying habits; how they studied and how long they studied for. Other questions ask how prepared and how stressed they felt during the test. In class the day after the test students are handed another piece of paper asking them to reflect on their thoughts about the test. It asks for the score they got and where they fell short in their study habits. Those participating in the study are expected to gain some potential benefits. Students, though self-evaluation, may identify study habits they need to improve on, or seek new methods of test taking – such as a study group – in order to get higher test scores I the future. Benefits are not limited to teachers, but also to those running the study. Through analysis, the researchers (teachers) identify the study habits used by those to get higher test scores. This information could be used to help the student body become more effective in their study habits as a whole, potentially leading to increased learning and test scores.
The study will end with the semester.