Effects of Long Vacant Hours on the Academic Performance of Maritime Students

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Background of the study
What is a vacant hour? Vacant hour is a time for students to rest in his free time or to study his lessons for the next class but sometimes these vacant hours can lead students not to attend their class which can gradually affect their academic studies. These are the things College students do in their long vacant hours: the first one is smoking. Based on our observation smoking is a habit but curable. Considered as curable but few people try to control themselves from doing it. Students are often tempted to smoke. For some, smoking relieves tension; superiority among others, curiosity, satisfaction, and a form of self-deception but the adverse consequences of smoking in one’s own health and also leads them not to attend their classes. The second one is drinking alcoholic beverages. The poor academic performance among college students is associated with alcohol consumption. Alcohol abuse contributes to students missing class, failing tests, dropping out due to do poor grades, and compromising the academic mission of maritime colleges. The third one is playing computer games there are some positive effects that are possible form video/computer game use there are mostly negative effects. The effect of gaming on academic performance, individuals who spend two or more hours playing games on a daily basis score lower in every subject than their non-gaming counterparts. By spending a high percentage of time on video games there is not enough time left to spend in studying for classes and sometimes they spend their money playing in internet cafés and skips eating. These are the three habits that we have observed during long vacant hours of students in ..... and also in other maritime schools.

We choose smoking, drinking, and playing computer games because it is most likely to be done by maritime students when they spend their long vacant time in school and also causes them not to attend their class. we based these on our actual experience as a student.

Smoking: Smoking is a practice in which a substance, most commonly tobacco or cannabis, is burned and the smoke is tasted or inhaled. This is primarily practiced as a route of administration for recreational drug use, as combustion releases the active substances in drugs such as nicotine and makes them available for absorption through the lungs. It can also be done as a part of rituals, to induce trances and spiritual enlightenment (wikipedia.org). Smoking in this study, refers to one of the vices of the student during their long vacant hours. Alcohol drinking: To drink alcohol. Drinking alcohol, alcohol is actually a depressant. That means it's a drug that slows down or depresses the brain. Like many drugs, alcohol changes a person's ability to think, speak, and see things as they really are. A person might lose his or her balance and have trouble walking properly. The person might feel relaxed and happy and later start crying or get in an argument (kidshealth.org). Alcohol drinking refers to the vices of the student during their long vacant hours. Playing computer games: Playing any of various games, recorded on cassette or disc for use in a home computer, that is played by manipulating a mouse, joystick, or the keys on the keyboard of a computer in response to the graphics on the screen (thefreedictionary.com). Playing computer games, refers to the vices of the student during their long vacant hours. Vacant hour: Not filled with any activity (thefreedictionary.com). Academic performance: Academic performance refers to how students deal with their studies and how they cope with or accomplish different tasks given to them by their teachers (wiki.answers.com).

Significance of the study
This study provides information on how to improve student performance among maritime students. The findings of this study may be helpful to the...
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