Students who work hard get better grades – Bollocks!


Do you ever wonder why the number of hours you spent studying doesn’t pay off? You spent hours and hours trying to achieve high grades, yet you do not get the grades you wished for. Annoying…isn’t it? Conversely, maybe you are one of these gifted people who do not need to study a lot at all and still get high grades, lucky you!

Academic achievement is rated highly in our society. Many young people are warned of the consequences of not being successful in school and university. It is common to use exam grades as a measure of academic success and to believe the hours a student spends studying determines how successful they will be. But is it right to just look at these factors alone to determine study success?

Society is beginning to accept that mental health and personality differences play a large role in how successful a student can be. Emotionality is one of such personality traits that has been found to influence academic success and we want to investigate this link further. Research by Jonkmann et al. (2012) among others show that students who measure a high level of emotionality are more affected by external stressors such as various social and educational settings. We are specifically interested in finding out whether varying levels of emotionality reflects in how prepared students are for the challenges of university, and how confident they are about their own academic performance.



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