Understanding the “Matthew Effect”

By Meenu Johnkutty ‘21 The most decorated and well-known scientists of our time may share an underlying characteristic: early career success. For those striving for prestige and world renown, achieving success early in one’s career may breed an environment conducive to further success. Thus, scientists who boast the same academic credentials, work ethic, and drive may find themselves outperformed by counterparts who achieved early career … Continue reading Understanding the “Matthew Effect”

School Type Does Not Determine Individual Academic Success

By Maryna Mullerman ’20 It is generally thought that students graduating from selective schools have a greater chance at higher levels of academic achievement. A study conducted by Emily Smith-Woolley and researchers from King’s College London investigated the roles of genetics and school selectivity in pupils’ academic success. The study compared the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) test scores of students from state-funded non-selective, … Continue reading School Type Does Not Determine Individual Academic Success

Figure 1. Older students were more successful at university curriculum than their younger peers.

Age Is No Barrier For Academic Success

By Maryna Mullerman ’20 Many studies have explored academic success predictors in young adults. In recent years, however, more people over the age of 60 have undertaken university educations. Abbie-Rose Imlach and researchers from the University of Tasmania in Australia hoped to identify cognitive, psychological, social, and genetic factors that influenced academic performance in older adults. The researchers hypothesized that factors such as genetic polymorphism, … Continue reading Age Is No Barrier For Academic Success