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Leveraging psychology for college student success
Ross E O'Hara, Ph.D.
Many college students face challenges like food insecurity and homelessness. What do these mean for students' ability to learn and how can we design college to help them succeed?
Even the best-designed nudges can lead to unexpected outcomes. But there are lessons we can learn from interventions that did not work as intended.
College students engage in all kinds of risky behaviors, from smoking to excessive alcohol use. Could colleges use text messaging as a way to motivate students to be healthier?
College students have at least one thing in common: They don't check e-mail. Customizing your messaging will prevent students from tuning you out.
Programs that teach a growth mindset are great—but if we want these beliefs to persist we need to build growth mindsets into our homes, our schools, and our workplaces.
Video games are more fun with obstacles. College should not be the same way. Innovative programs are eliminating the traps that lead students to a Game Over.
Growth mindsets are a major force in modern education, but what do we know about how mindsets impact students outside of the U.S.? Recent studies shed light on this question.
Want to succeed at your New Year's resolution this time? Here are six tips derived from behavioral science to help you get started, stick to your plan, and handle setbacks.
Evaluation of a new program is often more concerned with if it works rather than why it works. But asking "why?" can provide a lot of hidden benefits.
Half of America won't vote tomorrow. Behavioral science offers strategies for getting more people (including yourself) to show up to the polls.
Asking students to sign up can be a bigger obstacle than you think. Automatic enrollment can help increase participation and equity.
Many college students are not getting enough sleep to be at their best. These evidence-based strategies can help them sleep better.
Graduating more first-generation students is key to reducing economic inequality. Three recent interventions provide unique approaches to helping these students succeed.
More interventions for community college students are leveraging behavioral science. But we need researchers to study how interventions work in this context.
STEM students learn all about scientists like Einstein, Newton, and more. But what they learn about these famous figures may affect whether they, too, want to pursue science.
Think growth mindsets just affect students in the classroom? Think again. Whether your employer has a growth mindset can impact both you and them.
Students can't succeed in math when their math anxiety takes over. A simple, 10-minute writing exercise can help students set aside those intrusive thoughts.
Study shows that many college graduates never take advantage of Career Services. Behavioral science offers ideas for getting more students to sit down with a career counselor.
Students underperforming in the classroom? A short exercise could alleviate the threat impairing their performance.
College websites say a lot about who belongs there, and not all of it is intentional. Leveraging social psychology in your website's design may help increase student success.
A group of student success experts recently took to the stage to discuss how their campuses are leveraging behavioral science to bolster persistence and graduation.
Many college students leave school only a few credits from a degree. A new study shows that proactive nudges for near completers could prevent more of them from falling just short.
Colleges have tried a million ways to reduce students' binge drinking. Could behavioral science offer another approach?
A few lessons on how to talk to STEM students about why what they're learning matters and motivate them to pursue science.
An increasing number of college students attend classes despite lacking food, shelter, or both. Can behavioral science provide some solutions?
Why should college students major in STEM? Intriguing research suggests that it's about more than career prospects and starting salaries.
In Claremont, California, just walking down the street could change how children there think about going to college.
How can we get college students to adopt new behaviors to succeed in school? Lessons from positive psychology suggest a new approach.
Efforts to foster growth mindsets have taken hold in higher education. But it might be time for us to think beyond growth mindsets to help college students thrive.
Ross E. O'Hara, Ph.D., is a behavioral researcher and he applies his expertise in behavioral science to develop scalable interventions that improve college student retention.