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Factors potentially influencing academic performance among medical students.

Al Shawwa L, Abulaban AA, Abulaban AA, Merdad A, Baghlaf S, Algethami A, Abu-Shanab J, Balkhoyor A - Adv Med Educ Pract (2015)

Bottom Line: No statistically significant difference regarding the time spent on outings and social events was found.However, 60.7% of high GPA students spend less than 2 hours on social networking per day as compared to 42.6% of the lower GPA students (P<0.01).For example, they do not use social networking for prolonged periods of time, and they have strong motivation and study enjoyment.

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Affiliation: Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

ABSTRACT

Background: Studies are needed to examine predictors of success in medical school. The aim of this work is to explore factors that potentially influence excellence of medical students.

Methods: The study was conducted in the Medical Faculty of King Abdulaziz University during October 2012. A self-administered questionnaire was used. Medical students with a grade point average (GPA) ≥4.5 (out of 5) were included and compared to randomly selected medical students with a GPA <4.5, who were available at the time of the study.

Results: A total of 359 undergraduate students participated in the study. 50.4% of the sample was students with a GPA ≥4.5. No statistically significant difference regarding the time spent on outings and social events was found. However, 60.7% of high GPA students spend less than 2 hours on social networking per day as compared to 42.6% of the lower GPA students (P<0.01). In addition, 79% of high GPA students prefer to study alone (P=0.02), 68.0% required silence and no interruptions during studying time (P=0.013), and 47% revise their material at least once before an exam (P=0.02).

Conclusion: Excellent medical students have many different characteristics. For example, they do not use social networking for prolonged periods of time, and they have strong motivation and study enjoyment. Further studies are needed to examine whether these differences have a real impact on GPA or not.

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Study techniques preferred among the medical students.Abbreviation: GPA, grade point average.
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f1-amep-6-065: Study techniques preferred among the medical students.Abbreviation: GPA, grade point average.

Mentions: No significant differences were found in regard to the sources of studying and information gathering such as books, handouts, videos, self-taken notes (P>0.05). This study also assessed different study skills between the two groups. Only highlighting and skimming or reading before attempting to memorize the material were significantly more commonly used among students with high GPAs (P=0.047 and P=0.005, respectively) (Figure 1).


Factors potentially influencing academic performance among medical students.

Al Shawwa L, Abulaban AA, Abulaban AA, Merdad A, Baghlaf S, Algethami A, Abu-Shanab J, Balkhoyor A - Adv Med Educ Pract (2015)

Study techniques preferred among the medical students.Abbreviation: GPA, grade point average.
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f1-amep-6-065: Study techniques preferred among the medical students.Abbreviation: GPA, grade point average.
Mentions: No significant differences were found in regard to the sources of studying and information gathering such as books, handouts, videos, self-taken notes (P>0.05). This study also assessed different study skills between the two groups. Only highlighting and skimming or reading before attempting to memorize the material were significantly more commonly used among students with high GPAs (P=0.047 and P=0.005, respectively) (Figure 1).

Bottom Line: No statistically significant difference regarding the time spent on outings and social events was found.However, 60.7% of high GPA students spend less than 2 hours on social networking per day as compared to 42.6% of the lower GPA students (P<0.01).For example, they do not use social networking for prolonged periods of time, and they have strong motivation and study enjoyment.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

ABSTRACT

Background: Studies are needed to examine predictors of success in medical school. The aim of this work is to explore factors that potentially influence excellence of medical students.

Methods: The study was conducted in the Medical Faculty of King Abdulaziz University during October 2012. A self-administered questionnaire was used. Medical students with a grade point average (GPA) ≥4.5 (out of 5) were included and compared to randomly selected medical students with a GPA <4.5, who were available at the time of the study.

Results: A total of 359 undergraduate students participated in the study. 50.4% of the sample was students with a GPA ≥4.5. No statistically significant difference regarding the time spent on outings and social events was found. However, 60.7% of high GPA students spend less than 2 hours on social networking per day as compared to 42.6% of the lower GPA students (P<0.01). In addition, 79% of high GPA students prefer to study alone (P=0.02), 68.0% required silence and no interruptions during studying time (P=0.013), and 47% revise their material at least once before an exam (P=0.02).

Conclusion: Excellent medical students have many different characteristics. For example, they do not use social networking for prolonged periods of time, and they have strong motivation and study enjoyment. Further studies are needed to examine whether these differences have a real impact on GPA or not.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus