Study Skills Training: Is it an Answer to the Lack of College Students’ Study Skills?

By Aniva Kartika.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Learning in higher education requires students to be able to learn independently. However, previous research on students’ self-regulation in learning (Agustina, Panjaitan & Kartika, 2004) revealed that even though they exhibited adequate meta-cognitive ability and self-control, they still felt unsure of their ability and skills, especially in accomplishing academic tasks. It is also reported that students were unable to manage time between study and other things, and were often unprepared for the exams. Although, most of the students had already known the strategy for reading and note-taking, but these strategies were not practised widely. In response to that, a training is designed to improve students’ study skills. The program, called Study Skills Training, is being embedded in the University Orientation Program, which aims to enable new students to adapt to college life and to become independent learners. The subjects of this training are freshmen of Psychology students. The paper reports the training, monitoring for applying study skills, and its effect on their study habits. It addresses some obstacles and raises some suggestions.

Keywords: Freshmen, Study Skills, Independent Learner, Self Regulated Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 9, pp.35-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 530.481KB).

Aniva Kartika

Head, Educational Psychology Department,, Gifted Development Center, University of Surabaya, Surabaya, Indonesia

She currently holds the chair position of Educational Psychology Department and is also appointed as the Director for the Gifted Development Centre. The area of her research interest includes enhancing teaching and learning process, early childhood education, and special educational needs. Her research undertakings mostly cover the application of various alternative way of teaching to improve students learning, which led her to present in several national and international conferences.

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