|JEBP. 2021; 0(2): 101-116
Students with academic difficulties: Benefits of a Study skills group compared to an Emotional skills group
Chiara Meneghetti, Nicole Casali, Mara Fabris, Debora Palamà, Roberta Rizzato, Claudia Zamperlin, Michela Zavagnin, Rossana De Beni.
Students can encounter difficulties in their academic careers, regarding their studying skills, for instance, or experiencing negative emotions. Both are amenable to training and related to one another. This study aimed to examine the efficacy of two interventions focusing on studying skills or emotional skills. Two groups of students with academic difficulties participated: 30 worked on study-related aspects (Study skills group); and the other 30 attended lessons on emotions in everyday life (Emotional skills group). They were tested before and after the training on measures of their motivation to learn, selfregulated learning strategies, and emotions (positive and negative emotions). The results showed that both groups benefited from the training. The Study skills group improved specifically in incremental theory of intelligence (d=0.94, p
Key words: academic difficulties, intervention; self-regulated learning; emotions