The Effect of Tracking and Reflecting on Study Habits on Study Behavior and Grades

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Abstract

Many college students struggle to adjust academically because they never learned how to study effectively. In our first study, we developed a web-based application that enabled students to record when and how long they were studying. 29 college undergraduates used this tracking application for two weeks, then reflected on how the app affected their self-awareness and/or behavior. Analyses of participant diaries and application logs indicate that tracking applications are far from accurate, but the act of tracking itself, paired with analysis of one's own data through reflection, enables students to have stronger self-awareness of their studying habits. Our second study, a 13-week long field experiment with 162 first-year students participating in 5 groups with varying combinations of tracking and reflection, showed that the tracking+ self-reflection group scored significantly higher on their final exam than tracking with social reflection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages433-441
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781665415071
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 12 2020
Event2020 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2020 - Virtual, Tempe, United States
Duration: Nov 12 2020Nov 15 2020

Publication series

NameInternational Symposium on Technology and Society, Proceedings
Volume2020-November

Conference

Conference2020 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society, ISTAS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Tempe
Period11/12/2011/15/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Social Sciences

Keywords

  • diary
  • education
  • self reflection
  • study habits
  • tracking

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