Exploring the Relationship between Law Students’ Prior Performance and Academic Achievement at University

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Kleemola , K & Hyytinen , H 2019 , ' Exploring the Relationship between Law Students’ Prior Performance and Academic Achievement at University ' , Education Sciences , vol. 9 , no. 3 , 236 . https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci9030236

Title: Exploring the Relationship between Law Students’ Prior Performance and Academic Achievement at University
Author: Kleemola, Katri; Hyytinen, Heidi
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Teaching and Learning Services
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2019-09-11
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Education Sciences
ISSN: 2227-7102
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/308072
Abstract: As Finnish university admissions are reformed, more information is needed on the relationship between performance in prior education and later academic achievement. Transition to university is a critical period, and low performance in prior education is associated with challenges in later study. In the present study, law students' (n = 426) performance in the National Matriculation Examination was investigated in relation to later academic achievement at university. Quantitative methods were used. Findings showed that prior performance was not only associated with study success but also with study progress. The results also showed that law students who had grades in the advanced mathematics course were faster and more successful at university. This work contributes to the existing knowledge of university admissions ahead of the Finnish reform by providing new insights into prior performance and how it is related to academic achievement at university.
Subject: PREDICTIVE-VALUE
SCHOOL
SCIENCE
SKILLS
SUCCESS
academic achievement
higher education
law students
performance in prior education
transition to university
516 Educational sciences
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