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Case study: Western Sydney University

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Western Sydney University, New South Wales, Australia

About: Western Sydney University is one of Australia's leading institutions and ranked in the top 400 in the world.

Why Studiosity? To support all students in reaching their own academic goals. Studiosity aims to give students ownership of learning, to create self-directed, future-ready learners and graduates.

Outcomes:

  • Students who used Studiosity had .12 to .44 higher GPA (Kirkpatrick, 2020)(Gill, 2019)
  • Studiosity users 7% - 15% higher retention rate than non users (Kirkpatrick, 2020)(Gill, 2019)
  • There was only 3 - 5% overlap with other support services, indicating that the service was fulfilling a new need at the university.(Kirkpatrick, 2020)(Gill, 2019)
  • Studiosity use predicts academic self-efficacy (Lee & Hanham, 2017)
  • Higher academic self-efficacy predicted higher grades, accounting for 20% variance (Lee & Hanham, 2017)

"The more self-efficacious students were in their academic skills, the higher the academic grade the students were likely to report in the unit of study (subject) for which they had used the service.” - Lee & Hanham, Western Sydney University, June 2017

Download the study results here

 

 

Student feedback on Studiosity

 

"Confidently seeking such a service encouraged me to use other available sources to pursue personal goals!"  
- Cerina Ramirez, Bachelor of Business Student, Western Sydney University

"The feedback summary I got was very great, I never knew that this service would provide such ''in-depth' comments and what to improve on, definitely worth it to send more documents in upcoming future."
- Writing Feedback service, 3:25pm, Western Sydney University

"Now with mid-semester assessments [the subject specialist] made me understand the overall question and I really appreciate that. This was the first time throughout the whole semester that I can say I felt comfortable discussing issues that I have with an assessment."
- Essay and Report Writing, 9:06pm, Western Sydney University

 

References

Gill, B. (2019). Review and Evaluation of Studiosity Online Tutor Program at WSU. Western Sydney University.
Kirkpatrick, D. (2020). Review and Evaluation of Studiosity Online Tutor Program at Western Sydney University. Presented at the 'Students First 2020' Symposium, 22 May 2020. Online.
Lee, C.B, & Hanham, J. (2017, June). Evaluating the impact of online tutoring (YourTutor).

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