Nolan Pope and colleagues highlight a persistent problem that appears to cause many college students to underperform academically in college in a recent paper entitled, “Lack of Study Time is the Problem, but What is the Solution? Unsuccessful Attempts to Help Traditional and Online College Students.” Simply stated, college students study relatively little. The paper finds that outside of the classroom, the median student only studies 12 hours per week. The researchers evaluate two low-cost college support programs designed to target insufficient study time at both a traditional university and an online university. Despite high participation and engagement from students in constructing a weekly schedule in an online planning module, receiving weekly study reminders, and coach consultation via text message, they find little effect on study times and no effect on student credit accumulation, course grades, and retention at each site.
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