Course Scheduling and Academic Performance
23 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2005
Date Written: January 2007
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 out learning time may foster greater long-term memory of items. We use student grades as a measure of performance and find a small, positive time of day effect, much of which is driven by student selection into preferred course times. In addition, we find that students learn more in classes that meet more often.
Keywords: grades, time of day, academic performance
JEL Classification: I21
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