Dealing with the Tail: Remedial Tutorials for Second-year Electrical-engineering Students

The University of Adelaide
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, AAEE 2009, 2009, pp. 484 - 489
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An intervention aimed at improving the success rate of at-risk students in three key secondyear electrical-engineering courses covering, respectively, the topics of circuit theory, electronics and electromagnetics is reported. At-risk students are identified by a combination of diagnostic testing and early coursework results. These students are then invited to join a special, weekly, âFoundation Tutorialâ in which both technical and learning obstacles are addressed. Two years of data are presented which suggest that such an intervention does produce a significant improvement in the success rate of participating students.
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