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Master of Science (MS)




Susan Crowley


Colleges across the nation are increasingly interested in improving retention of students. Many universities have begun offering workshops and courses targeted at improving study skills in academically underprepared students with the goal of helping students succeed in higher education and continue enrollment. The impact of such courses on study skills themselves has been supported, but prior research has not examined the courses impact on students' beliefs about their ability to succeed in college - that is, their levels of academic self-efficacy. This study examined pre- and post-test levels of academic self-efficacy in college students enrolled in a study skills course in comparison to students not enrolled in such a course. Results indicated that students identified as academically underprepared did indeed have lower levels of skill and academic-self efficacy than students not enrolled in study skills courses, and students enrolled in study skills courses had greater increases in academic self-efficacy than comparison students.


This work made publicly available electronically on May 11, 2011.