Altering study habits with email reminders

Oliver Au, Raymond So, Hiu Wing Go

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Students were motivated to acquire a new study habit of reviewing within 24 hours of the weekly lecture. We sent email reminders to students during the first term to reinforce this habit. At the end of the full year course, students reported whether they have acquired and maintained the new habit during the second term without the reminder support. While there are more failures than successes in their attempts to acquire the new habit, we found evidence for a correlation of the email reminders and the successful habit formation. We also found the new study habit to have a positive effect on student performance. We conclude that the effort to improve the study habits of university students even in their senior years has paid off. Some students also reported that their reviewing is not useful or only somewhat useful in their learning experience. It is an indicator that assistance may be in order for students to overcome challenges in their study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHybrid Learning and Continuing Education - 6th International Conference, ICHL 2013, Proceedings
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event6th International Conference on Hybrid Learning, ICHL 2013 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: 12 Aug 201314 Aug 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8038 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference6th International Conference on Hybrid Learning, ICHL 2013
CityToronto, ON


  • Blended learning
  • Email reminders
  • Habit formation
  • Student performance
  • Study habits


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