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What motivates student success?

What makes some students more likely to succeed than others? It may have something to do with what motivates them, according to a new study from education researchers at the University of Rochester.

Reports Insider Higher Ed:

The study found that students motivated by a desire for autonomy and competence tended to earn higher grades and show a greater likelihood of persistence than did other students. (The findings were controlled for academic background and various other factors, and were based on surveys of 2,500 students at a community college and a liberal arts college that were not identified.)
Motivation tends to vary between socioeconomic groups, the study reports. Low-income students tend to be more motivated by the financial rewards of a college education, whereas wealthier students are likelier to be motivated by the pursuit of their interests. 

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