HIGH PERFORMANCE OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS: FOCUS ON LECTURES SCHEDULES

A. Garcia1, J. Cuadrado1, M.V. Biezma2, E. Rojí1, E. Briz1

1UPV/EHU University of Basque Country (SPAIN)
2University of Cantabria (SPAIN)
Currently the lectures are drawing following the society routines attending students, professors, transportation, sports activities timetables, etc. This organization is really the consequence of culture background, but in general has the handicap that it does not take account the students’ performance.

There is three group of persons classified according circadian typologies that lead a genetic origin: “morningness", 25 % student´s percentage with high performance at early hours of the day, "intermediate", 50 % student´s percentage with a frame at yield times of the day, close to noon, and "eveningness”, 25% student´s percentage; it is important to point out that several studies classified the latter group as potentially the most intelligent ones.

The master lectures are planned from 8:30 am to 14:00 am and laboratory or practical lectures from 16:00 to 19:00 h, in particular for Spanish Engineering students. Literature has showed that “eveningness” students to drop up University due to this organization. Then, it is very clear that could be attempt the lectures hours attending the potential best performance of our University students distinguishing between the scenarios Bachelor, Master and PhD. In the last years it has appeared another important variable, called worker student, that must combine both activities, study and job. It has the disadvantage of using a lot of energy.

The topic of this paper is to present and analyze some strategies to design as lectures and examinations schedules and hours distribution along the day in order to obtain maximum performance of University students.