Ernesto Panadero e-mail(Inicie sesión) , Daniel García-Pérez e-mail(Inicie sesión) , Javier Fernández-Ruiz e-mail(Inicie sesión) , Héctor Sánchez-Centeno e-mail(Inicie sesión)

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Ernesto Panadero e-mail(Inicie sesión)
Daniel García-Pérez e-mail(Inicie sesión)
Javier Fernández-Ruiz e-mail(Inicie sesión)
Héctor Sánchez-Centeno e-mail(Inicie sesión)



Final Year level of the University Preparatory cycle (FYUP) –in Spanish 2º Bachillerato– is one of the most challenging academic courses. It is extremely demanding academically in itself and by the end of it students must also pass the university entry exam. Yet research has not investigated how students experience this year. We thus explored, using in-depth interviews with 75 students from two public high schools, their attitudes toward this academic year. Our results showed that (a) the participants struggled greatly during FYUP, experiencing high levels of academic stress (that affects their general well-being, mostly because of the high academic demands); (b) students were looking forward to their university experience but were concerned about failing or not finding their place; and (c) they reported a narrow range of learning, motivational, and emotional strategies. This study shows that students face significant learning and academic challenges during FYUP. A clear educational implication is that interventions should be implemented in earlier years to help the students be better prepared.


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Ernesto Panadero, Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao e IKERBASQUE, Basque Foundation for Science, Bilbao

28049 Madrid