Table 1

Items of the factors resulting from the factor analysis

Cronbach's Alpha

Mean Score (SD)

Eigenvalues


Planning

.76

3.07 (0.73)


- When I have made a schedule I stick to it.

.801


- I am good at planning my time.

.754


- My study efforts are distributed evenly over the academic year.

.617


- I draw up a study schedule.

.672


- I summarise the material I am studying.

.506


- On days when there are no obligatory study activities

I study mostly in the morning.

.451


- I make an outline of the material to be studied.

.389


Concentration/dedication

.57

2.89 (0.71)


- I usually study in a number of short sessions.

.703


- When I am studying I am not easily distracted.

.415


- I take breaks when I am studying.

.700


- I stop studying as soon as I get tired.

.704


Repetition/revision

.67

2.79 (0.70)


- I revise skills during unsupervised practice sessions.

.730


- I revise skills by practising on other students/housemates/family.

.562


- I prepare for skill training sessions.

.479


- When I don't understand something I look it up in the literature. after training.

.353


- I revise material I find difficult.

.272


Study style/self reflection

. 73

3.61 (0.45)


- I try to see how different parts of a subject are interconnected.

.732


- After studying a subject I am able to explain it clearly.

.635


- I pay extra attention to subjects I do not understand.

.666


- When something goes wrong in my studies I try to find out what caused it.

.484


- I know my strengths and weaknesses with regard to studying.

.408


- When I don't understand things during training I ask questions.

.486


- I hate it when there is something I do not understand.

.505


- I work to improve my weaknesses.

.367


- I use different resources to study the learning objectives.

.484


- I also read medical articles not directly related to the current topic.

.475


Duvivier et al. BMC Medical Education 2011 11:101   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-11-101

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