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ASSIST
Approaches and Study Skills Inventory for Students

This questionnaire has been designed to allow you to describe, in a systematic way, how you go about learning and studying. The technique involves asking you a substantial number of questions which overlap to some extent to provide good overall coverage of different ways of studying. Most of the items are based on comments made by other students. Please respond truthfully, so that your answers will accurately describe your actual ways of studying, and work your way through the questionnaire quite quickly.


First Name:* 
Last Name:* 
Student ID#:*  
Age:*  
Are you Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino?*
Race*
Gender:*
Are you a foreign medical graduate?*
Year of study:*
Residency Program or School: *
Entwistle NJ. The approaches and study skills inventory for students (ASSIST). Edinburgh: Centre for Research on Learning and Instruction, University of Edinburgh, 1997.

Approaches to studying

The next part of this questionnaire asks you to indicate your relative agreement or disagreement with comments about studying made by other students. Please work through the comments, giving your immediate response. In deciding your answers, think in terms of this particular year. It is also very important that you answer all the questions.


Try not to use Unsure , unless you really have to, or if it cannot apply to you or your course.

 
Disagree
Disagree
Somewhat
Uncertain
Agree
Somewhat
Agree
I manage to find conditions for studying which allow me to get on with my work easily.*




When working on an assignment, I'm keeping in mind how best to impress the marker.*




Often I find myself wondering whether the work I am doing here is really worthwhile.*




I usually set out to understand for myself the meaning of what we have to learn.*




I organise my study time carefully to make the best use of it.*




I find I have to concentrate on just memorizing a good deal of what I have to learn.*




I go over the work I've done carefully to check the reasoning and that it makes sense.*




Often I feel I'm drowning in the sheer amount of material we're having to cope with.*




I look at the evidence carefully and try to reach my own conclusion about what I'm studying.*




It's important for me to feel that I'm doing as well as I really can on the courses here.*




 
Disagree
Disagree
Somewhat
Uncertain
Agree
Somewhat
Agree
I try to relate ideas I come across to those in other topics or other courses whenever possible.*




I tend to read very little beyond what is actually required to pass.*




Regularly I find myself thinking about ideas from lectures when I'm doing other things.*




I think I'm quite systematic and organised when it comes to revising for exams.*




I look carefully at tutors' comments on course work to see how to get higher marks next time.*




There's not much of the work here that I find interesting or relevant.*




When I read an article or book, I try to find out for myself exactly what the author means.*




I'm pretty good at getting down to work whenever I need to.*




Much of what I'm studying makes little sense: it's like unrelated bits and pieces.*




I think about what I want to get out of this course to keep my studying well focused.*




 
Disagree
Disagree
Somewhat
Uncertain
Agree
Somewhat
Agree
When I'm working on a new topic, I try to see in my own mind how all the ideas fit together.*




I often worry about whether I'll ever be able to cope with the work properly.*




Often I find myself questioning things I hear in lectures or read in books.*




I feel that I'm getting on well, and this helps me put more effort into the work.*




I concentrate on learning just those bits of information I have to know to pass.*




I find that studying academic topics can be quite exciting at times.*




I'm good at following up some of the reading suggested by lecturers or tutors.*




I keep in mind who is going to mark an assignment and what they're likely to be looking for.*




When I look back, I sometimes wonder why I ever decided to come here.*




When I am reading, I stop from time to time to reflect on what I am trying to learn from it.*




 
Disagree
Disagree
Somewhat
Uncertain
Agree
Somewhat
Agree
I work steadily through the term or semester, rather than leave it all until the last minute.*




I'm not really sure what's important in lectures so I try to get down all I can.*




Ideas in course books or articles often set me off on long chains of thought of my own.*




Before starting work on an assignment or exam question, I think first how best to tackle it.*




I often seem to panic if I get behind with my work.*




When I read, I examine the details carefully to see how they fit in with what's being said.*




I put a lot of effort into studying because I'm determined to do well.*




I gear my studying closely to just what seems to be required for assignments and exams.*




Some of the ideas I come across on the course I find really gripping.*




I usually plan out my week's work in advance, either on paper or in my head.*




 
Disagree
Disagree
Somewhat
Uncertain
Agree
Somewhat
Agree
I keep an eye open for what lecturers seem to think is important and concentrate on that.*




I'm not really interested in this course, but I have to take it for other reasons.*




Before tackling a problem or assignment, I first try to work out what lies behind it.*




I generally make good use of my time during the day.*




I often have trouble in making sense of the things I have to remember.*




I like to play around with ideas of my own even if they don't get me very far.*




When I finish a piece of work, I check it through to see if it really meets the requirements.*




Often I lie awake worrying about work I think I won't be able to do.*




It's important for me to be able to follow the argument, or to see the reason behind things.*




I don't find it at all difficult to motivate myself.*




 
Disagree
Disagree
Somewhat
Uncertain
Agree
Somewhat
Agree
I like to be told precisely what to do in essays or other assignments.*




I sometimes get 'hooked' on academic topics and feel I would like to keep on studying them.*