Study Habits

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CHAPTER 1

THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND

Introduction
“To be able to walk into the doors of a college class is not only an honor, but also an achievement. Choosing to pursue a degree in higher education is not a choice that is taken lightly. From the time we speak our first words to the time we wake up from our first kindergarten to when we receive that family and the world around us, is preparing us for the final exam known as college. This is the make or break point for many people and what polishes them up for the career of their choice” (Alicia Holman, 2010). College is only a glimpse of the real world. It is a transition stage wherein one is given the opportunity to learn more about oneself, explore possibilities, and broaden one’s horizon. Students learn to relate well and manage people, work in teams, and hone their skills and develop their ability to its maximum potential. Researchers acknowledge the growing recognition that today’s students in higher education are confronted with more demands and pressures (Pabiton, 2007). Likewise, Neville, Happner & Wang (1997), noted that most students, University/College life is usually considered a time when young adults struggle with newly found freedom and deal with developmental tasks of interpersonal relationships as well as academic concerns Attending college is indeed a preparation to the actual work that one must experience. It is a journey that young people need to undertake in order to be ready to face the challenges of life. It is one of the developmental tasks that they must overcome successfully; hence to be successful in this area will lead them to series of success in life. Education and multiple skills enhancement have become the principal vehicles in the creation of sustainable advantage in the competitive world market.

Poor academic performance has been implicated as one of the major factors for adolescents to have poor self-esteem (Call et al, 1990, cited by Isaac et al., 2006). These individuals do not have the passion and motivation to persevere in their studies. They could not see what lies ahead and what they will be expected to do when they reach their next stage of development. Consequently, they are confused academically and hoping to have a guide who will help them in this moment of personal and academic struggles.

Hurlock (2000) also pointed out that academic performance is one of the developmental tasks adolescents need to accomplish, successful achievement of which leads to happiness and success with later tasks, while failure leads to unhappiness and difficulty. In this connection, the researcher would tend to believe that tourism students have disadvantage when it comes to their academic preparation unless the necessary support is given by their parents and school as well. Hence, there is a need to help them adjust to the demands of their academic life to make them competitive and respond to the needs of the industry.

Background of the Study

This study focuses on the Study habits of Tourism Students if the College of the Holy Spirit Related to their Academic Performance.

Considering that the students are the center of the educative process, their needs should always be given an utmost attention so that quality instruction, support services and campus life can be provided with a better career that will give them better future. It is also a hope by the researcher that the result of this study would give additional insight to the faculty of the College of Holy Spirit to bring enhancement and innovations in their teaching strategies in order to increase the freshman probationary students’ emotional intelligence. Statement of the Problem

This study is an attempt to assess the study habits of tourism students of the College of the Holy Spirit enrolled during the first semester of SY 2011-2012. Specifically, it seeks to answer the following questions: 1.What is the profile of the...
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