Friday, June 25, 2010

Factors That Affect Academic Performance Among Pharmacy Students

There's an interesting article published in the 2006 Am J Pharm Educ. titled, "Factors That Affect Academic Performance Among Pharmacy Students." Here's what the authors found:
Results
Academic performance was significantly associated with factors such as academic competence and test competence. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater significantly differed in their level of test competence than those with a GPA of less than 3.0. Students enrolled in their experiential year differed from students enrolled in their second year of curriculum on factors such as test anxiety, academic competence, test competence, and time management skills.

Conclusion
Test competence was an important factor to distinguish students with low vs. high academic performance. Factors such as academic competence, test competence, test anxiety and time management improve as students' progress in their experiential year.
Some pharmacy students have learning disabilities and others may have similar conditions such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some students may suffer from severe anxiety of depression and these conditions can significantly impact their academic performance. If you're a student and you have a disability or if you feel disabled, then make sure to reach out to the proper resources within your school.

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