The Secret To Academic Success – study harder

The Secret To Academic Success – study harder – Brief Article

Carin Gorell

HOPING TO BOOST YOUR GPA? IF SO, PUT YOUR SOCIAL LIFE ON HOLD.

To make a noticeable improvement, you’ll need to study for an additional 40 hours each week.

That, according to Carl Zulauf, Ph.D., is what it takes to raise a GPA by just one letter grade. An Ohio State University professor of agricultural marketing, Zulauf asked 79 students to record the amount of time they devoted to studying for one week. By comparing the participants’ time spent studying with their grades and time management skills, he discovered that each additional hour spent studying per week resulted in only a 0.025 increase in GPA. Zulauf’s findings, appearing in the Journal of College Student Development, raise a few important questions.

“The United States has this embedded belief that if you work hard, you should be rewarded,” Zulauf says. “Are we really rewarding effort? These students are already full-time, so how much more should you ask of them?” In light of his findings, Zulauf suggests instructors incorporate more measures of effort into their grading structures.

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