Physics Student Research

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Some students struggle more than others during their college years and if not identified and given the help they need many drop out, resulting in less money for the university and lack of direction and education for the student. Students were identified as “at-risk” after failing their first exam in a general science course and were given an extra assignment to make up some points. The assignment was given to help students learn structured study skills in order to prepare for the following examination. The work turned in by these students was analyzed and critiqued for quality and effort. As a result, on average, the students that took completed the assignment significantly increased their future exam scores. However, the quality and effort they put into their assignment had no statistically significant impact on their future improvement in the course.