University learning skills services improve grades, retention when delivered early, studies find

April 21, 2011

Workshops, tutoring, and training programs in areas such as writing support, study and exam preparation can have positive impacts on student performance and retention when delivered to students early in their university experience, according to new papers commissioned by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. However, as these kinds of services tend to demand only occasional and short-term commitments from students, the impact on overall grades is relatively limited. Examining the delivery and impact of Brock University's Learning Skills Service programs, the research observes that students who took part in these programs typically saw positive results within the school year; however, their success was not tied to repeated participation. The research found no connection between multiple use of these programs and continued increases in academic performance. Read the paper (Learning Skills Services) | Read the paper (Online Writing Skills Workshop/Essay-Zone)