Nudging study habits: A field experiment on peer tutoring in higher education
Todd Pugatch, Department of Economics and School of Public Policy, United States ; Nicholas Wilson, The White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team and Department of Economics, United States
Economics of Education Review Volume 62, Number 1, ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
More than two of every five students who enroll in college fail to graduate within six years. Peer tutoring offers one approach to improve learning outcomes in higher education. We conducted a randomized controlled experiment designed to increase take-up of university tutoring services. Brief, one-time messages increased tutoring take-up by seven percentage points, or 23% of the control group mean. Attendance at multiple tutoring sessions increased by nearly the same amount, suggesting substantial changes in study habits in response to a simple and inexpensive intervention. The intervention cost $3.32–$14.58 per additional tutoring hour, the lowest reported in the literature on peer tutoring experiments. We find little evidence of advertising-induced tutoring on learning outcomes.
Pugatch, T. & Wilson, N. (2018). Nudging study habits: A field experiment on peer tutoring in higher education. Economics of Education Review, 62(1), 151-161. Elsevier Ltd.
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