Journal article

Psychological Correlates of University Students' Academic Performance: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Michelle Richardson, Charles Abraham, Rod Bond

Psychological Bulletin | AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2012


A review of 13 years of research into antecedents of university students' grade point average (GPA) scores generated the following: a comprehensive, conceptual map of known correlates of tertiary GPA; assessment of the magnitude of average, weighted correlations with GPA; and tests of multivariate models of GPA correlates within and across research domains. A systematic search of PsycINFO and Web of Knowledge databases between 1997 and 2010 identified 7,167 English-language articles yielding 241 data sets, which reported on 50 conceptually distinct correlates of GPA, including 3 demographic factors and 5 traditional measures of cognitive capacity or prior academic performance. In addition, 4..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, United Kingdom. The preparation of this paper was partially supported by the U.K. National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). However, the views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the U.K. Department of Health. We thank Louisa Pavey for conducting data extraction used to assess interrater reliability.