An Evaluation of the Study Habits and Learning Strategies of Students in an Irish Medical School and their Correlation with Academic Success

Bickerdike, A and O’Tuathaigh, C and O’Flynn, S (2013) An Evaluation of the Study Habits and Learning Strategies of Students in an Irish Medical School and their Correlation with Academic Success. In: 6th scientific meeting of the Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED), 21st February to Friday 22nd February 2013, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.

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Abstract

Background Recent studies have shown that a combination of personality factors, aptitude and study habits/strategies are strong determinants of academic success at medical school. In particular, there is limited evidence to suggest that study skills such as efficient time management and self testing are associated with better overall exam performance. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To determine the successful and detrimental study habits and learning strategies of UCC medical students. METHODS A newly-devised questionnaire instrument investigating study habits (including use of social media during study), as well as the Approaches and Study Skills Inventory for Students (ASSIST; Tait et al., 1998), were distributed to Year 2 and final year UCC medical students. Year score percentage from the preceding year was the measure of academic achievement. RESULTS A significant difference in year score percentage was found between students who study consistently (M=66.33% SD=7.84%) and those who rely on lastminute study sessions (“cramming”) (M=66.33% SD=8.14%; p < 0.0001), as well as between students who used social networking sites often during study time (M=67.24% SD=9.18) vs. those who refrain from use during study (M=72.88% SD=9.11; p = 0.02). Year score percentage was positively correlated with effort management/organised studying strategy (rs[176]= 0.39, p < 0.01); conversely, a negative correlation was found between year score percentage and surface learning strategy (rs[177]= -0.34, p < 0.01). CONCLUSION These data indicate that effort management and organised studying should be promoted, and surface rote learning discouraged, as part of any effort to encourage development of study skills at medical school.

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Depositing User: Colin Lowry
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 02:35
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/1781

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