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Table 1 Items of the factors resulting from the factor analysis

From: The role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of clinical skills

  Cronbach's Alpha Mean Score (SD) Eigenvalues
Planning .76 3.07 (0.73)  
- When I have made a schedule I stick to it.    .801
- I am good at planning my time.    .754
- My study efforts are distributed evenly over the academic year.    .617
- I draw up a study schedule.    .672
- I summarise the material I am studying.    .506
- On days when there are no obligatory study activities I study mostly in the morning.    .451
- I make an outline of the material to be studied.    .389
Concentration/dedication .57 2.89 (0.71)  
- I usually study in a number of short sessions.    .703
- When I am studying I am not easily distracted.    .415
- I take breaks when I am studying.    .700
- I stop studying as soon as I get tired.    .704
Repetition/revision .67 2.79 (0.70)  
- I revise skills during unsupervised practice sessions.    .730
- I revise skills by practising on other students/housemates/family.    .562
- I prepare for skill training sessions.    .479
- When I don't understand something I look it up in the literature. after training.    .353
- I revise material I find difficult.    .272
Study style/self reflection . 73 3.61 (0.45)  
- I try to see how different parts of a subject are interconnected.    .732
- After studying a subject I am able to explain it clearly.    .635
- I pay extra attention to subjects I do not understand.    .666
- When something goes wrong in my studies I try to find out what caused it.    .484
- I know my strengths and weaknesses with regard to studying.    .408
- When I don't understand things during training I ask questions.    .486
- I hate it when there is something I do not understand.    .505
- I work to improve my weaknesses.    .367
- I use different resources to study the learning objectives.    .484
- I also read medical articles not directly related to the current topic.    .475