Hidden in plain sight : capturing freshmen emotional experiences and their effects on performance at university

A.C. Niculescu

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Success at university has been traditionally explained by students’ effort and intelligence. This thesis looks at academic success through a factor commonly ignored in academia, students’ emotions. In an attempt to help first years at Maastricht University perform better, our findings show that the emotions about learning , their amount of control towards study activities and the importance attributed to it, determine performance over an entire academic year. Overall, this research offers insight and suggestion on how we can engage students – emotionally and intellectually – in their learning process in order to achieve academic success.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Gijselaers, Wim, Supervisor
  • Segers, Mien, Supervisor
  • Tempelaar, Dirk, Co-Supervisor
  • Hebert - Dailey, Amber, Co-Supervisor
Award date16 Oct 2015
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • student success
  • academic emotions
  • first year at university

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