Students' use of tutoring and other resources affected their academic achievement. In institutions of higher learning, students typically have access to additional resources beyond just their class lectures to help them succeed. This study was conducted to research the psychology of students that have and use the resources available to them in contrast with students that do not utilize them and their respective propensities to succeed. The research study was conducted by surveying 63 students at Miami-Dade College through an online questionnaire. Additionally, 16 professors at Miami-Dade College were similarly surveyed online to describe their experiences with their students. Interviews were conducted with MDC students by using results from the surveys to develop questions that fostered open-ended conversation. The likelihood of students to use tutoring and extra resources depended on their age and ability to cope with the transition from structured learning most common in high school to independent learning found in college. Younger students had a harder time feeling confident in their classes because they didn't know how to cope with stress and seek out resources on their own, instead of trying to rely on their professors for this similar to how they had relied on grade school teachers. Older students that came back to college after having an extended absence from education and equipped with work experience had an easier time coping with independent learning due to having had to learn to work independently and advocate for themselves.
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