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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 28-31

Effectiveness of study skills on academic performance of dental students

1 Department of Oral Pathology, Faculty of Dentistry, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Community Dentistry, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal, Karnataka, India

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Smitha S Shetty
Department of Oral Pathology, Faculty of Dentistry, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal - 576 104, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-7761.143175

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Introduction: Study skills are important for better academic performance. Our study provides the view of the various skills of studying adopted by the dental students and its association with their performance in the Oral Biology subject in university examination. Material and Methods: A total of 137 students from Faculty of Dentistry, MMMC, Manipal, India participated in the study. A questionnaire consisting of 23 items assessing the study skills and distractions. The responses from the students were recorded on a 5-point Likert scale and the data were analyzed using the chi-square test. Results: The response rate was 100%. A significant association (P < 0.05) between the students' performance in the subject of Oral Biology in university examination (average of >75% versus <75% marks) and study skills was seen in 6 of 23 questionnaires. The students with high exam scores often showed higher percentage of use of various study skills compared to the students with lower exam scores. Conclusion: The study techniques used by students are beneficial but not all are effective. Hence the students should be informed of the more effective method of studying.

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