The Effect of Study Habits on the Academic Performance

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Effect of Study Habits on the Academic Performance of sophomore Bachelor of Elementary Education Students of the Divine Word College of Bangued during the
First Semester 2011- 2012

Submitted by:
Mary B. Gallardo
Alfreinel S. Castillo
Jessie T. Sibayan
Gilberto Regil D. Valera Jr.

Bangued, Abra

May 11, 2012

The study sought to find the effect of study habits on the academic performance of the second year Bachelor of Elementary Education students. It sought to find the academic performance of the respondents during the first semester, their study habits in terms of time management, learning skills and study skills. The respondents were 29 sophomore Bachelor of Elementary Education students during the first semester 2011-2012. The study made use of available data from the Registrar’s Office and a questionnaire on study habits was answered by the respondents. The weighted mean was used to determine the academic performance of the students; the cramer’s v coefficient was used to determine the degree of association between academic performance and review periods and the ANOVA (F-test) was utilized to determine the significant difference in the academic performance of the respondents when grouped according to time spent in reviewing for the examinations. The hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. The study described the academic performance of the students, 3 were above average, 13 average and 13 below average. Overall the academic performance of the students was Average. The study found that the sophomores do not have good time management. Most study a week before the examinations, a few the nights before and fewer still two weeks before examination day.

Background of the Study

How important is study habits to our students nowadays? Does it affect their performance and behavior in school? Will it contribute to their success in the future? Study habits are how a student/learner manages his/her time in such a way that he/she can review and study his/her lessons in school regularly. Good study habits are the tools to success. Well-developed studies habits make a student perform well in class and will surely reach his/her ambition in life. Nowadays, many children are engaged in computer games, cutting classes, watching television, excessive playing and most of all are engaged in vices such as illegal drugs, gambling and crimes (Losare, 2009). What is the effect of these activities in their studies? Students do not give so much time and attention in their studies. Palm Beach Community College ( PBCC, 2008 ), recommend that student’s should have at least three hours out of class study for every hour spent in class and a student must have a special place to study.A place where he feels comfortable and he is able to concentrate in his studies. Gates (1981) recommends some tips for effective study habits. One is to develop a routine; there should be a place and time strictly for studying and accomplishing work. Second is to know what is due when, which means you should plan ahead. Third is to read ahead, know your syllabus and do advance reading. Fourth is to have a good sleep because experts say a well rested student will be a productive student.

In the developing countries, professors said that the undergraduate students should be fully equipped with high level of analytical skills, the capacity for critical reasoning, self-reflection and conceptual grasp and ability to learn (Simmons, 2003). Study habits are improving because of the advent and wide use of the internet and multimedia which greatly affects study habit (Liu, 2005). Liu (2005) and Ramirez (2003) report that students print materials from the internet in order to study and read later on. Multi-media are a supplement to textbooks and...
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