Feedback on the FSG Student Experience

Over the past six years (from 2011 to 2017), students attending Peer Facilitated Study Groups (FSGs) have been asked to complete an anonymous questionnaire about their participation in and perceptions of FSGs. Survey responses have been collected from 3514 students over six academic years: 2011/2012 (348 students), 2012/2013 (808 students), 2013/2014 (573 students), 2014/2015 (574 students), 2015/2016 (741 students) and 2016/2017 (470 students).

In the questionnaire, 15 questions are asked about the students’ perceptions of the FSGs.
The 15 perception questions are intended to measure six domains:

  1. The awareness of academic skills building and its role in the students’ success
  2. The perception of FSG method as an effective or optimal way of understanding course material
  3. The certainty of FSG approach as a cause for the students’ success in the course
  4. The Viral Effect – transferring the experience of FSGs to their peers
  5. The Viral Effect – transferring the experience of FSGs to other courses
  6. Awareness of link between FSGs and increasing confidence toward university and their discipline

Students responded to these 15 questions by selecting a number between 1 (do not agree) and 5 (highly agree). The 2015/2016 responses and the 2016/ 2017 responses have yet to be correlated with those from 2011 - 2015, but a survey of the responses from the last two years show that they are in line with the results of the previous four years:

Student Perception of FSGs

The awareness of academic skills building and its role in the
students’ success:
3.67 out of 5
The perception of FSG method as an effective or optimal way of
understanding course material:
3.54 out of 5
The certainty of FSG approach as a cause for the students’ success in
the course:
3.14 out of 5
The Viral Effect – transferring the experience of FSGs to their peers: 3.35 out of 5
The Viral Effect – transferring the experience of FSGs to other
courses:
3.42 out of 5
Awareness of link between FSGs and increasing confidence toward
university and their discipline:
3.59 out of 5