Assessment of Study Skills of Medical Undergraduates in a Medical College in South India

Authors : Arun Prasad T, Dr. S.Porchelvan

Volume/Issue : Volume 4 - 2019, Issue 10 - October

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 Introduction: Proper education of medical students is of vital importance as the knowledge they acquire deals with saving the lives of human beings. All kinds of efforts must be made to groom them properly so that they can provide the best treatment to the society. Analysis of their strong and weak areas plays a major role in such a matter.  Aim: Assessment of study skills of MBBS students.  Objectives : Assessment of Textbook Reading Skills, Note Taking Skills, Memory Skills, Test Preparation Skills, Concentration Skills and Time Management Skills of Medical Undergraduates.  Material and Methods: It is a descriptive cross sectional study. Denis Congo Study Skills Inventory Questionnaire was distributed to medical undergraduates of Saveetha Medical College and Hospital who were willing to participate in the study. A total of 400 questionnaires were collected from across all four years of MBBS. The data was analysed using SPSS software and ANOVA and student t-test was applied. p value of less than 0.05 was taken as statistically significant.  Results: The study revealed that the students had problems in Note Taking Skills (14.83+4.80, p value=0.000) and Test preparation skills (38.08+8.28, p value=0.022). It appears that students had better status in Textbook Reading (26.14+4.85, p value=0.070), Memory (29.97+6.16, p value=0.478), Concentration (33.74+6.11, p value=0.628) and Time Management (16.77+5.54, p value=0.313) as compared to other areas. Females were found to be better note takers than males in comparison.  Conclusion: Developing all the study skills of students is an essential stepping stone to unleash the full potential of the students. Workshops should be conducted to teach the students about how to learn efficiently, before exposing them to the subjects.

Keywords : Medical Students, Study Skills, Denis Congo Study Skills Inventory, MBBS Students.


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