The Effect of a Time Awareness Intervention on Test Performance
Judicious use of time is one of many factors that can improve college students’ academic performance; however, time management training is not cost-effective. Time awareness, or the ability to trigger—consciously or unconsciously—an awareness of time’s ability to influence productivity and effect behavioral change to optimize its use, may be a more easily fostered alternative. In this study, a simple, lightweight intervention for improving students’ time awareness was tested. In a randomized control trial/experimental design consisting of 78 business students, the time management intervention caused a significant improvement over the control group, both in absolute terms and relative to baseline scores. The conclusion is that time awareness interventions may be a cost-effective tool by which student achievement can be bolstered.
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