Academic Guidance for Undergraduate Students in a South African Medical School: Can we guide them all?
AbstractHigher education institutions, including medical schools, still grapple with the challenge of poorÂ academic performance of students. Some studies report the positive results of providing academicÂ guidance for common challenges such as poor and/or ineffective time management, study methods,Â test- and exam-taking techniques and management, and the high academic workload of undergraduateÂ medical students. However, limited detailed insights and understanding of medical students whoÂ experience more complex challenges are available.Â This study was conducted at a medical school in South Africa to determine undergraduate medicalÂ studentsâ€™ perceptions of factors affecting their academic performance. A total of 89 semi-structuredÂ interviews were held with undergraduate medical students who were identified as having academicÂ problems between 2012 and 2015. According to the results, more blacks, males and first- and second yearÂ students experienced poor academic performance. Prominent findings included the harsh realitiesÂ and implications of lack of accommodation for black students; how poor academic performance can leadÂ to an array of other social and psychological problems, such as withdrawal of bursaries and negativeÂ achievement emotions that some students experience. Compared to the usual objective measures ofÂ individual ability, the rich qualitative data of cases presented in this study reveal critical, real insightsÂ and understanding of studentsâ€™ challenges from their own perspective.
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