Our study of students in middle schools across China found low-achieving 12-13 year old students significantly bring down the academic achievement of the rest of their class.
Students who can regulate tough emotions will achieve more. Anxiety will not impair their test performance. They can push through the boredom and frustration to master dull or difficult material.
We wanted to find out how much classroom factors had to do with why some twins did better than others at school.
Previous research suggests teacher quality accounts for up to 30% of the reason some students get better marks than others. Our research on twin pairs turns that on its head.
A successful school isn’t necessarily one that gets high test scores.
Schools in poorer areas can make a significant impact on their students' lives. This can matter more, relative speaking, than higher test scores in wealthier suburbs.
Research shows that when parents engage in simple science projects with their kids at home, it boosts their learning in school.
From collecting bugs to using math apps, there are many ways parents can engage in STEM activities with their kids to support their learning.
Getting access to a university doesn’t necessarily mean feeling comfortable in that space.
Students experience intense feelings of discomfort, confusion and even embarrassment at being classified as “different” and an “anomaly” alongside the norm of white academic success.
Whether you have a physical disability, mental illness or learning challenge, there are strategies to help you earn your degree.
For many disabled students, college is the first time that they're put to the test of making their own way. The experience can be challenging, but there are strategies to help ease the way.
When school gets tough, do you think it’s worthwhile? Or time to give up?
Pavlin Plamenov Petkov/Shutterstock.com
A high school science test, a Psych 101 course, long job applications: Sometimes it's hard to be motivated to succeed. As it turns out, how you respond to difficulty and ease can make all the difference.
How can we change math instruction to meet the needs of today’s kids?
World Bank Photo Collection / flickr
Math instruction is stuck in the last century. How can we change teaching methods to move past rote memorization and help students develop a more meaningful understanding – and be better at math?
Black South African students need fewer excuses and more support from universities.
Students from South Africa's public school system battle to cope with the rigorous demands of any university degree without genuine, committed support.
How do friendship networks work?
College is a time for friendships. But how can students best leverage the power of those friendships? First, by learning how those networks work.
When should you let your gifted child skip grades?
Children image via www.shutterstock.com
About two out of seven children are likely bored in their classrooms, as they aren't learning much that is new. Should these children skip grades? What's the evidence on grade-skipping?
Getting oriented at Elon University
Two simple yet powerful things students can do to ensure that they have a transformative undergraduate experience, no matter where they go to college.
What’s the evidence on a gap year?
Many students are in the process of deciding whether to take a gap year -- a year between high school and starting college. What does evidence tell us about taking a gap year?
What do the most disadvantaged students need for college success?
Commencement image via www.shutterstock.com
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have called for making colleges and universities debt-free or tuition-free. Disadvantaged students need more than free college to achieve success.
Universities can be alienating spaces, particularly for students from poorer backgrounds.
Students from poorer backgrounds feel anxious, ashamed and stressed in the middle-class environment of a university.
Do school voucher programs help improve educational outcomes?
Lower Columbia College (LCC)
A recent study on school vouchers shows that the program may be harming kids' academic achievement, at least in math. What's missing here? Are test scores the only way to judge a program?
Every student has their own story and their own concerns. Lecturers need to listen.
Coming to understand students' individual stories allows lecturers to guide, mentor and support them.
Graduates of a 2015 Tertiary Entry Program, which paves the way into university courses, with lead author and CQUniversity’s Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Engagement, Bronwyn Fredericks (fourth from left) and Provost Hilary Winchester (far right).
If we're serious about closing the gap in Indigenous education, our new research shows the value of building better bridges into universities and vocational education.
What difference can a teaching assistant make?
Can the race of a teaching assistant have an impact on student grades?