Ajal B. Patel

Graduation Semester and Year




Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Psychology



First Advisor

Shannon Scielzo


The effects of college-level student attrition are wide-spread. Numerous different approaches have been implemented to reduce these rates, such as offering freshman level seminars to aid the transition from high school to college and the use of support systems consisting of guidance counselors, teachers, parents and/or friends. A great deal of research has advocated for, and supported the utility of, using training initiatives for employees to improve their job performance. Based on these same principles, we can improve student success. A thorough literature review was first conducted, examining the factors that relate to student success. Moreover, a pilot study was conducted further examining these factors, in addition to identifying specific idiosyncratic deficiencies or issues that University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) students were facing. The current project applied the knowledge obtained thus far, and examined the effects of a preparatory skills training initiative specifically designed for the purposes of increasing academic success for students using various indicators (i.e., academic self-efficacy, self-esteem, satisfaction, stress, and behavioral items). No significant results were found; however, effects were seen moving in positive directions. Therefore, implications and further directions are discussed as this is an important research area.


Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Degree granted by The University of Texas at Arlington

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