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Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Daniel Belliveau


Two studies are presented in which a competitive online tournament is used for exam preparation. The first study looks at the effectiveness of online tournaments in motivating undergraduate students to prepare for their exams. An analysis of variance was used to assess whether participation in the review tournaments had a significant effect on achieved grades. A significant effect is discovered; suggesting that the participants’ difference in test scores is dependent on their participation amount (three tournaments versus one tournament). The second study assessed whether group members working together in a competitive tournament are more likely to pool resources and partake in peer mentoring to improve their understanding of course material in preparation for an exam. The findings from this study suggest that students who performed poorer on their mid-term exam were likely to improve significantly on their final exam, particularly if they participated in the grouped competitive final exam review.