Date Approved

5-5-2004

Embargo Period

4-27-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hurley, Dennis

Subject(s)

Education, Secondary--Activity programs; Study skills

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

The purpose of this exploratory investigation was to ascertain if a study-skills program implemented during a study hall in a Southern New Jersey high school might improve the study skills of students who voluntarily participate. At the outset of the study, students were surveyed in order to gauge their perceptions of their own academic study skills. The same survey was administered at the conclusion of the study in order to determine if study-skills growth and improvement had occurred. Information derived from the survey was used to assess the overall effectiveness of the study-skills program. The survey consisted of twenty-five questions related to study skills and a written narrative. The actual survey itself is included in Appendix B.

Initial survey results showed that students rated themselves lowest in the areas of study habits, self regulation, and test anxiety. Time management, motivation, and homework were also areas of concern. Initial survey results indicated that providing students with instruction in study skills and strategies for self-organization, specifically reading strategies and note-taking skills, proved to be most fruitful areas for improvement. Implications for the feasibility and effectiveness of future study-skills programs are also discussed.

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