About 40% of students who drop out of college do so because they learn their academic abilities — indicated by early grades — are lower than they’d expectealarm clockd.  That’s the news from this article, linked from today’s Inside Higher Ed.  It refers to a study from The University of Western Ontario that suggests students work hard, but overestimate themselves.

The study was conducted on US college students.

Todd Stinebrickner, co-author of the study (“Learning About Academic Ability and the College Drop-Out Decision”), also suggests that students should be better prepared “fundamentally” [in math and science subjects in particular].

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