Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Fourth International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Relationship between student guidance and academic achievement
Anna Lukkarinen, Paula Koivukangas

Last modified: 10-05-2018


We assess how different types of guidance offered to first-year students are related to the students’ subsequent academic performance. Using data from a student survey conducted at a Finnish business university, as well as the university’s student database, we build regression models to predict student performance. We find that guidance on choosing a major subject and guidance on study methods are significant predictors of subsequent performance. More tactical types of guidance are not statistically significant, and can be rather considered as enablers. The quantitative findings are supported by verbal feedback collected from students. We conclude that guidance offered to students at the start of their university careers can bear fruit still several years afterwards. The findings have implications for university educators and staff responsible for the orientation of first-year students. Educators and staff can seek to enhance academic achievement by ensuring that students are equipped with sufficient methods and skills necessary for their university studies and by providing students with extensive information on possible study paths beyond the first year.

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