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Factors that can affect the studying habits of the first year students in Dominican College.

Chapter 1

A. Background of the study

Parents are the first teachers of their respective children. Prior to birth, the fetus interacts with the mother through its gestures. The child learns his first lesson in alphabet, numbers, colors and shapes at home. When the child starts his formal schooling, parents transfer their responsibilities to teachers- the second parents of the child. The teachers are given the sole accountability for the total growth and development of the children. On the other hand, children, because of wisdom, have no other alternatives except to perform good or bad in the school. Oftentimes, they formulate their own study habits to cope up with the demands of their respective teachers in every class, at the same time, the demands of the family at home.  

All too often, children perform poorly in school simply because they lack good study habits. In many cases, students don't know where to begin, don't fully understand the material, are not motivated by it, or feel that there was too much work given to them with too little time to complete or study it. If their studying skills do not improve, these students will continue to test poorly and not perform to their fullest potential. Sorenson (1954) defined study habits as basically consist of effective methods of study. Study habits, a behavior that is repeated until it is automatic, find its way in the aspects of education. Good (1998) define the term study habits as: The student’s way of study whether systematic, efficient or inefficient etc”. Going by this definition it literally means that good study habit produces positive academic performance while inefficient study habit leads to academic failure. Ozmert (2005) emphasized the importance of environmental influence as a major factor in the development of students studying habit. In the same vein, Adetunji and Oladeji (2007)...
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