Challenges of Shaping Student Study Strategies for Success

Keywords: successive relearning, study methods, students as partners, retrieval practice, spaced practice


This paper reports results from a mixed-methods intervention conducted in partnership between a faculty member and an undergraduate to shape student study strategies for success in an introductory course. The instructor provided students with information on the effectiveness of the successive relearning study strategy, conducted an in-class demonstration of the strategy, and explained how students could apply the strategy to their study plan for the first exam. Students were asked about their planned study behaviors for the first exam before the intervention and exam and about their actual study behaviors for the exam after the intervention and exam. Students were asked before the intervention what an instructor could do to convince them to try a new strategy, and again after the intervention whether or not they adopted the new strategy and why. Quantitative results indicated that the intervention had no effect on students’ study behaviors, contrary to the predictions of the prior literature. Qualitative analyses suggested that students were open to learning more effective ways to study and thought that interventions like the one used in this investigation would convince them to try a new strategy. However, students were unable to use successive relearning because of procrastination and time management issues.

Author Biographies

Trent Maurer, Georgia Southern University

Trent W. Maurer is a Professor of Child and Family Development at Georgia Southern University (USA). He teaches courses in Family Science, Child Development, and the University Honors Program.

Catelyn Shipp, Georgia Southern University

Catelyn Shipp is a Clinical Research Coordinator III at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (USA). She graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2019 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Child and Family Development.


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How to Cite
Maurer, Trent, and Catelyn Shipp. 2021. “Challenges of Shaping Student Study Strategies for Success”. Teaching & Learning Inquiry 9 (1), 241-57.