International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 8 Num. 3 - October 2008


Learning strategies and academic achievement of university students

Volume 8 Num. 3 - October 2008 - Pages 401-412


Eduardo Mart?n , Luis A. Garc?a , ?ngela Torbay , Teresa Rodr?guez


In this study, we analysed the relationship between the use of learning strategies and academic achievement using three different indicators: The attempt rate (credits attempted over credits registered for), the efficiency rate (credits passed over credits registered for), and success rate (credits passed over credits attempted). The results obtained from a sample of 749 university students show differences according to the indicator used. Whereas the attempt and efficiency rate are related to the use of strategies that promote self-regulated learning, the success rate, as well as being related to these strategies, is also related to a deeper cognitive
processing and the search for the applicability of the material being studied. These results
are discussed in connection with previous research and their implication for university

Key words:

learning strategies, academic achievement, indicators of achievement, university students.

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