University mathematics students' study habits and use of learning materials

Abstract

In this article, we study a group (N=98) of students from two campuses of one Finnish university and their responses to a questionnaire that surveyed the respondents' study habits and how they use different kinds of learning materials in university mathematics courses. Our results show that the grades in the national matriculation exams in mathematics and mother tongue do not play a significant role in one's study habits or use of learning materials. The older students are more communicative with their teachers, whereas the younger students ask for help more often from fellow students. The sociomathematical norms that constitute the local study culture have a larger impact on the study habits and on the use of learning materials. For example, the use of videos and studying lecture materials before the lectures were clearly more usual at one campus than at the other. We also found some significant differences between the groups that are based on the study programmes. The students of mathematics without an intention to become a teacher were most traditional in their study habits, whereas the students of applied physics were most active to participate in teaching. The student teachers most often lie in the middle in the issues where the other groups differ from one another.

Published
2020-10-05
How to Cite
Tossavainen, T., Gröhn, J., Heikkinen, L., Kaasinen, A., & Viholainen, A. (2020). University mathematics students’ study habits and use of learning materials. LUMAT: International Journal on Math, Science and Technology Education, 8(1), 252–270. https://doi.org/10.31129/LUMAT.8.1.1317
Section
General Issue: Research Articles