Teaching Students How To Study: A Workshop On Information Processing And Self-Testing Helps Students Learn

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Rachel E. Wilson , Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: We implemented a “how to study” workshop for small groups of students (6–12) for N = 93 consenting students, randomly assigned from a large introductory biology class. The goal of this workshop was to teach students self- regulating techniques with visualization-based exercises as a foundation for learning and critical thinking in two areas: information processing and self-testing. During the workshop, students worked individually or in groups and received immediate feedback on their progress. Here, we describe two individual workshop exercises, report their immediate results, describe students’ reactions (based on the workshop instructors’ experience and student feedback), and report student performance on workshop-related questions on the final exam. Students rated the workshop activities highly and performed significantly better on workshop-related final exam questions than the control groups. This was the case for both lower- and higher-order thinking questions. Student achievement (i.e., grade point average) was significantly correlated with overall final exam performance but not with workshop outcomes. This long-term (10 wk) retention of a self-testing effect across question levels and student achievement is a promising endorsement for future large-scale implementation and further evaluation of this “how to study” workshop as a study support for introductory biology (and other science) students.

Additional Information

Kathrin F. Stanger-Hall, Floyd W. Shockley, and Rachel E. Wilson (2011). Teaching Students How to Study: A Workshop on Information Processing and Self-Testing Helps Students Learn, CBE—Life Sciences Education 2011 10:2, 187-198. https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.10-11-0142. Publisher version of record available at: https://www.lifescied.org/doi/10.1187/cbe.10-11-0142
Language: English
Date: 2011
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