Research Article Analysis Worksheet Name: Jordon von Helf Article: Howard, Heather E., and W. Paul Jones. "Effectiveness of a Freshman Seminar in an Urban University: Measurement of Selected Indicators." College Student Journal 34.4 (2000): n. pag. Web. ______________________________________________________________________________ Introduction – The Research Question: The research question is: “How effective are freshmen seminars offered by universities for students?” The researchers measured the effectiveness of the seminars with factors such as preparation, the selection of a college major, student confidence, knowledge of campus resources, and study skill competence. ______________________________________________________________________________ Method – The Study: 118 college students of different ages, genders and academic backgrounds participated in the research. They were asked to take a pre-test and post-test that tested the five categories I mentioned previously. To insure that the test accurately explained the data, the researchers split the students into three groups based on their GPA scores with the highest scoring group in one section, the lowest scoring in another, and the middle group in the third. _____________________________________________________________________________ Results – The Findings: The researchers found that the freshmen seminar had a positive impact on most of the tested categories for all three groups of students; there were significantly better results for the categories college preparedness, confidence, and awareness of campus resources. As expected, the group with the lowest GPA had the highest improvement in study skills while the other two groups did not show as much gain in the study skills area. However, there was an overall positive impact for all three groups for the study skills category, meaning all three groups grew at least a little in this area. Surprising to the researchers, students felt less satisfied or certain about their college majors after the seminar than before the seminar. A possible explanation for this startling find is that many of the students may have felt overwhelmed by the vast number of degrees and career options that the seminar brought awareness to. Although this appears to be a negative, it may not be. Many high school grads enter college with a hope of entering a field that they unfortunately don’t know much about. Also, many students may be unaware of the many options available to them. So, it could be a good thing that the seminar made the students reevaluate their choice of a college major. ______________________________________________________________________________ Discussion: I found the study to be interesting and I agree with the results; the more direction colleges give to new students, the better those students will adapt to the college life and succeed in their endeavors. As a student, I often avoid any extracurricular activities or any “unnecessary” seminars and/or counseling. This study, along with the CHC-099 class, has shown me that I need to take a more proactive role in planning my education and in getting the most out of my college experience. I have been taking school as it comes and I now realize that this is not an ideal way of getting a degree. This research is telling me that I must be much more long term minded and create a much more concrete academic plan if I am to get the most out of my time and money.