Resits may not improve academic performance

In his paper “Resitting or compensating a failed examination: does it affect subsequent results?”, Ivo Arnold, vice-dean of the Erasmus School of Economics, found that the evidence for a “positive effect of resits” on learning was “weak at best”.

Although Professor Arnold said that he would not like to see resits abolished, he told Times Higher Education that in many cases the negative effects outweighed the positives. ''I’ve seen too many cases when students spend too many years in the same programme, having to do resits, and not progressing. It means that young people are misusing their time.” 

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