Students' Academic Achievement

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Ahmed Ibraheem Omotayo 1000477

Ahmed Ibraheem Omotayo 1000477

Supervised by: Dr. Sreethi Nair

Course Code: PSY201
Section 1
Group 8
Spring 2011/2012 semester

Supervised by: Dr. Sreethi Nair

Course Code: PSY201
Section 1
Group 8
Spring 2011/2012 semester

Students’ Academic Achievement

Students’ Academic Achievement

ACHIEVEMENT
ACHIEVEMENT

Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION3
Methodology:4
Hypothesis:4
Review of literature:5
Evaluation of the result:7
Conclusion:16
Proposal for the future research:17
Questionnaire18
Works Cited20

INTRODUCTION

Every person sets up a goal or a target in his/her life. It might be what he/she would want to be when he/she would come to a certain age. It might also be a milestone that one would have set that would encourage and motivate him/her everyday to move towards it. It is this motivation that keeps everyone alive, moving and living the life devoid of its struggles. We all set goals in our life be it long time or short time. Short term goals could be setting a target of scoring 100% in an upcoming quiz or test while a long term target could be reaching to a Manager’s position right from a trainee in a time span of 5 years. Whether they are short term or long term, their fulfillment or what we call, their ‘achievement’ makes us extremely happy and motivates us to move even further. It helps us improve our self-confidence and builds in us a sense of self-trust. Every project, every chore requires motivation because without that nothing can be accomplished. And once this motivation leads to successful completion, the fruit that this success bears to us is immensely sweet. 

It is generally noticed by us that those who hold a very high degree of motivation and hold a thirst in heart of achieving high usually turn to produce outstanding results. This shows how high level of motivation and associated achievement go hand in hand. There is something more that needs to be introduced in this context and that would be a need or a requirement. To say this better, it would be more organized to begin with the contribution given by McClelland and his associates who proposed the theory of three basic and most fundamental needs. These three needs were the need for achievement, the need for affiliation, and the need for power. What we would require here is to understand the need for achievement which in other words could be described as the struggle for succeeding. 

People with high level of motivation who have high need for achievement tend to perform tasks that would be graded and would prefer to compete against those who would be worth of competing against. It is this high motivation in them that makes them fearless to compete in an environment where both success and failure would exist because they know that they need to work hard way out in order to accomplish a long term success and happiness. Trying to work easy way out always tends to create a fear in oneself that instills into a person to avoid failures and take less challenging tasks. When less challenging tasks are accomplished, happiness is felt but that sense of pleasure isn’t received because deep inside you know that winning was known. Hence, we would like to draw another important note at this point that motivation and achievement go best when one wishes to handle them well, that is, by working hard towards achieving his/her goal. Just completing a target isn’t enough to feel the sense of achievement, it is also important to understand the strength of the task’s difficulty and how challenging it is. 

Those who achieve the tough way out tend to exist longer in a given field, whether it is in a university or in any other profession because they know what is required of them and they are the ones who are knowledgeable. As our project aims mainly at focusing the achievement by students, we will discuss a lot more than what is...
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