The impact of online peer mentoring on first year student transition, problem solving skills, and academic success

Smith, Heather and Burton, Lorelle (2013) The impact of online peer mentoring on first year student transition, problem solving skills, and academic success. In: 16th International First Year in Higher Education Conference (FYHE 2013), 7-10 Jul 2013, Wellington, New Zealand.

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Transition to higher education is challenging, and first year students need support to facilitate a positive experience. Key issues include positive transition; problem-solving perceptions; and support from peers. This study examined relationships among student transition, problem-solving ability, and academic success. Student transition was measured using Lizzio's (2006) Student Transition Scale.
problem-solving skills were measured by Beccaria and Machin's (2011) Problem-Solving Inventory-12-Item. Academic success was measured using grade point average and overall course grade. The current study (N = 171) involved foundation psychology students who received online peer mentoring from 34 third year students at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Semester 1, 2012. Results indicated mentees achieved higher academic success and adjusted to university better than did non-mentees. Mentees
also became more self-aware of their problem-solving ability, identifying strategies to improve overall university experience, including maximising opportunities for academic success. These findings indicate that peer support can facilitate student transition and enhance the first year student experience.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 04:34
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2015 05:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher education; problem-solving; online peer mentoring; transition; academic success; GPA
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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