Factors Affecting Study Habits

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Learning : a process which experience produces a relatively enduring change in an organism’s behavior or capabilities.

The term capabilities highlights a distinction made by many theories KNOWING HOW.

What do students do while teachers are busy organizing , structing , talking , questioning , hand out collecting and time keeping . Students are surrounded by peers but are restrained from communicating with them , students in the classroom are in the very frustrating position of having to ignore social temptation of acting as though as they are isolated despite the crowd surrounding them . while trying to concentrate on work and ignore social temptation , students are the be set by frequent interruptions – the public address system blaring a message in the middle of an exam the end of class bell interrupting a lively discussion. THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND

Introduction
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) submit that the environment of most children is not conducive for studying; it is in the light of this that made some parents to prefer their children to go to boarding school for proper discipline and to inculcate better reading habit. Poor study habits are a major cause of current academic problems. Too many students do not know how to study efficiently and effectively. Consequently, they may waste time on assignments, overlook important facts or give-up before completing assignments. Furthermore, because they do not understand “how to study,” they may become “turned off” by the educational process and limit their life-long potential to learn. It is time to remedy unsatisfactory study habits. The researcher believes that in order to assure the good results of the pupils’ performance academically, there has to be a concerted effort among the parents, teachers and as well the pupils. There is nothing better than unifying the contributions of these significant groups in making education a fulfillment. It also is time for parents and teachers to pull together on behalf of children by helping them learn “how to study” efficiently and effectively. If students are to develop the kind of study habits that improve academic achievement, the cooperation of...
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