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How One Email From You Could Help Students Succeed

09/21/2018

Summary

Zoe Cohen, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, saw an increase in student effort and improved grades after sending personalized emails to struggling students. This article highlights the effectiveness of "nudges", actions that encourage but do not mandate a course of action, in education.

Key Points

  • A "nudge" can be an effective way to change behavior 
  • Personal contact, even with very little effort, can have a positive impact on learning
  • Teachers often know which students need help even before the students know, and therefore should not wait for students to come to them for help.

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