Title: Towards a theory of study habit alteration

Authors: Oliver Au; Raymond So; Hiu-Wing Go

Addresses: School of Science and Technology, Open University of Hong Kong, Good Shepherd Street, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong ' School of Science and Technology, Open University of Hong Kong, Good Shepherd Street, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong ' School of Science and Technology, Open University of Hong Kong, Good Shepherd Street, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Abstract: Weekly e-mail reminders were sent to students inspired to acquire the habit of reviewing within 24 hours of lecture. Reminders were withheld in the second term. Students reported whether they have acquired and maintained the new habit even without the study reminders for the entire second term. We found that e-mail reminders contributed to study habit formation. The new study habit was also found to improve student performance. We describe a simplified adaptation of the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT) to study factors that affect behavioural intention to use reminders for study habit alteration.

Keywords: innovation; study habits; habit alteration; study reminders; student performance; learning; theory of reasoned action; TRA; UTAUT; email reminders; reviewing lectures; habit formation; behavioural intention; intention to use.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2015.071500

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2015 Vol.18 No.3, pp.350 - 360

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 24 Aug 2015 *

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