Supporting students' transition to higher education

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Perander , K , Londen , M & Holm , G 2021 , ' Supporting students' transition to higher education ' , Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education , vol. 13 , no. 2 , pp. 622-632 . https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-01-2020-0005

Title: Supporting students' transition to higher education
Author: Perander, Katarina; Londen, Monica; Holm, Gunilla
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science Subunit
University of Helsinki, Department of Education
University of Helsinki, Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education
ISSN: 2050-7003
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/332891
Abstract: Purpose - The purpose of this study was to investigate how a workshop can enhance first-year university students' understanding of their study strategies and self-regulated learning. Design/methodology/approach - Aqualitative content analysis was done of 190 reflective journals written by first-year university students. Findings - The main findings confirmed that starting studies in higher education is challenging for many students. New insights were provided on how these challenges can be addressed, especially regarding selfregulated learning. Students perceived that they gained several insights from the workshop that they believed could benefit their studying and thereby enhance motivation. Practical implications - This study showed that even small measures promote both good study habits and specifically self-regulated learning skills. Interventions like the workshop described in this study ease first-year students' transition to the university and foster successful studies for all students. Originality/value - This study contributes to research on supporting students' transition to higher education by investigating how students perceive early study skill interventions. It adds to a holistic perspective of students' challenges and coping strategies during their first semester in higher education.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
Intervention
Higher education
First-year students
Self-regulated learning
QUALITATIVE CONTENT-ANALYSIS
SELF-REGULATED LEARNER
ACADEMIC PROCRASTINATION
COLLEGE-STUDENTS
EFFICACY
PERFORMANCE
MOTIVATION
FRAMEWORK
AWARENESS
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