Course Scheduling and Academic Performance

24 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2007

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Angela K. Dills

Western Carolina University

Rey Hernández-Julián

Metropolitan State College of Denver

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This paper examines the relationship between course scheduling and student achievement, controlling for student and course characteristics. The literature in psychology recognizes that performance varies by time of day and that spacing learning out over time may foster greater longterm memory of items. We use student grades as a measure of performance and find a small, positive time of day effect partly driven by student selection into preferred course times. In addition, we find that students earn higher grades in classes that meet more often.

Keywords: grades, time of day, academic performance

JEL Classification: I21

Suggested Citation

Dills, Angela K. and Hernandez-Julian, Rey, Course Scheduling and Academic Performance. Economics of Education Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

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Rey Hernandez-Julian (Contact Author)

Metropolitan State College of Denver ( email )

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