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LSIS Research Development Fellowship (RDF) projects 2011-2012: “Yes we can!” Exploring study strategies for effective learning and teaching at AS level in mathematics and science

Principal focus of the project

The project initially aimed to investigate why so many students were underachieving in class tests and final exams in AS Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry. The initial analysis was a lack of study skills, but on closer inspection the researcher concluded that the transition from GCSE to AS courses was proving challenging. The researcher therefore conducted interviews to ascertain existing study patterns, and developed a process for structuring this and teaching new techniques.

What is this about and what were the main findings?

The process looked at identifying how students study, especially in the classroom, in free time in college, and outside of college. However, the detailed interviews with students and staff revealed a complicated set of needs and barriers to learning including a lack of study skills,the need for an induction course , the need for a rigorous IAG process at enrolment linked to realistic aspirations and early intervention to identify and address the causes for students starting to under-achieve.

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Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

Vasu Krishnaswamy - Stanmore College

Name of associate programmes

LSIS Research Development Fellowship


A case study of research into factors affecting students' study skills in STEM subjects and how to effectively respond to and mitigate them using close monitoring of students' skills.

Resource Type: Report
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