THE PROBLEM AND ITS RELATED LITERATURE
Introduction Students’ academic performance in college according to many studies has been considered as one of the factors or indicators that can define the person’s potential success in the future. According to Shokrail-Rees (2003), the development of positive self-esteem and high academic achievement can lead to an improved quality of life. We may say, that there maybe people who have reached success in life without going to school or even with poor performance while they were studying but statistically speaking we will notice that who are more successful are those who had good performance in school or probably those who excelled in their class. Taking a look at what qualities it takes for someone to have an excellent performance; we may get to know that there are many variables that are based on studies interrelated to this.
Academic performance may be a reflection of one’s abilities, skills, and intelligence and others, but other than this is a factor that stands out and that is self-esteem (Malhi, 2010). Self-esteem according to Maslow is
described as a person's overall sense of self-worth or personal value. It involves a variety of beliefs about the self, such as the appraisal of one's own appearance, beliefs, emotions and behaviors. How one sees himself as a person, what he can achieve defines his self-esteem. A student may have the goal of passing or excelling in class but with not enough level of self-esteem it may be hard for him to achieve it. Given that a student possesses other qualities to excel in class such as intelligence and skills, but with little self-esteem they will not be properly executed or shown by the person.
This research was specifically developed in order to know the relationship between self-esteem and academic performance. Knowing how important academic performance in the future success of the person it may be significant to know how one’s self esteem truly affects