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Table 3 Association of student characteristics with mean self perceived frequency of participation in PAL (Likert scale 0–5)

From: Peer assisted learning among Sri Lankan medical undergraduates: a cross sectional study

Characteristic Categories Mean frequency t test
Gender Male 2.892 − 2.964*
Female 3.422
Medium of school education English 3.231 0.183
Native 3.159
Attempt at which entered medical school First 3.050 − 1.393
Second or third 3.316
Student having doubt about veracity of content Yes 2.870 − 2.518*
No 3.346
Student believing that PAL promotes exam oriented learning Yes 2.905 − 2.716*
No 3.401
Performing preparatory work prior to attending to PAL Yes 3.099 − 1.507
No 3.393
Performing after studies following PAL Yes 3.312 3.917*
No 2.059
  1. Some likely factors to associate with frequency of utilization of PAL are given in the table. Students’ perceived weaknesses also negatively affect the participation in PAL
  2. * p < 0.05