This study is focused on improving student success by embedding effective study strategies into a large first year course. Fundamentals of Biochemistry has a class size approaching 400, consisting of a diverse range of students with a large variation in ability and education background. In recent years the fail rates of 37-38% (2017-2018) have prompted a re-development of this course to support student learning and student success. This was achieved by introducing students to effective learning strategies and ultimately, promoting self-regulated learning through self-evaluation and reflection. This case study outlines the use of PebblePad to highlight effective study strategies, to develop study plans by incorporating these strategies, and to provide a safe space for students to evaluate and reflect on their performance. Embedding study plan development into first year Biochemistry has been successful based on the multitude of positive reflections, the elaborate and detailed study plans produced, improvements in quiz results, and an increase in the overall success rates in the course. However, the student evaluation and reflections unearthed some very surprising findings with respect to the study strategies used by students as well as issues related to student wellbeing.
The case study covers:
• Improvements in student success
• Effectiveness of learning strategies
• Insights on student reflections
• Lessons Learnt
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