I intend to attend: enhancing students' lecture attendance

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To attend or not to attend' is the age-old question of many university students. We refer, of course, to lecture attendance, which research has shown boosts academic achievement as well as providing a host of social benefits. Despite this, lecture attendance can be low with sporadic rather than sustained levels of individual engagement across the academic year. The problem is often not one of lack of intention on the part of students, but rather an inability to translate good intentions into action. Interventions are therefore required to enhance engagement, which in turn supports student performance and well-being. With that in mind, new research has been published in the British Journal of Educational Psychology, by the University of Strathclyde's Social Cognition Group, which just might make a difference.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationBPS Research Digest
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2024


  • conscientiousness
  • goal intention
  • implementation intentions
  • lecture attendance
  • maintenance of behaviour
  • volitional help sheet


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