College study habits: Are students and instructors on the same page?

With millions of college students returning to campus to begin another semester, we at Questia surveyed 1,000 students and instructors on everything from research and study habits to relationship building with faculty. We knew that professors were substantial influencers in students’ lives, but these results may surprise you!

When students were asked who they turn to first for trustworthy academic advice, a whopping 61 percent said it was a professor. When asked who their college mentor is, 46 percent said it was also a professor. It looks like students put a lot of trust in their instructors, but do students take their advice on study and research?

When it comes to researching a term paper, the majority of instructors recommend spending 1-3 hours researching in the library and 4-6 hours of researching online. Surprisingly, students agree! However, when it comes to starting the term paper, it sounds like students and instructors aren’t quite on the same page. While 52 percent of instructors recommend starting the very day it’s assigned, 46 percent of students start a few weeks before the due date, 33 percent start one week before the due date and 5 percent don’t begin until the night before!

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5 replies
  1. suraj says:

    33 percent start one week before the due date and 5 percent don’t begin until the night before!…….thats an interesting fact to know…but with such less time and pressure i think quality is ought to be compromised…

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