Does your position in a classroom influence your grades?
As per a study published in FEBS Open Bio, students choose different seats in a lecture hall with different purposes. Many prefer to sit with their friends in a group. Many others may want either to attract or avoid the attention of the lecturer. Some others choose seats that allow them to see and hear clearly, while others pick seats that could be easily changed or vacated, which made them less anxious.
It is found that the group of friends end up with similar grades. Those students who sat alone on the edges of the classroom tended to do worse than the average.
The study also gives insights to the teachers and allow them to identify students who need their support. For example, it allows them to identify the anxious students and encourage them to learn by promoting interactions between different groups.