Do grades really matter?

Do you really have to be at the head of the class to make it to head of the boardroom? 

A new study done by UBC Okanagan researchers found that good grades don't always lead to a dream job. 

Many university students are planning their future careers while believing that top grades are the key to success. 

"Today’s job market is highly competitive across almost all sectors. Previous research findings have shown that the most sought-after skills of new employees are the ability to work in a team environment and being able to apply meaningful problem-solving skills," said Professor Andis Klegeris.

In our latest study, we administered a generic problem-solving test to almost 1,000 university students. We compared the scores achieved in this test with the students’ academic marks and found that these two measures were not correlated. In other words, academic learning and problem-solving may represent two independent skill sets for students," said Klegeris. 

He believes different classroom approaches can be used to improve problem-solving and employability.

Some teachers have started changing classroom techniques, with self-guided learning, interactive discussion and collaborative work. 

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