Study Habits and Attitudes: The Road to Academic Success
by Open Science Repository Education
Abstract: This study aimed to investigate the relationship of students’ study habits and attitudes and their performance in licensure examinations. The participants were graduates in school year 2009-2010 from the different programs of the University which require licensure examination. The study habits and attitudes of the participants were assessed by administering the “Survey of Study Habits and Attitudes” (SSHA) developed by Brown and Holtzman (1967) during their final year in the University and their performance (overall rating) in the different licensure examinations was generated from the records of the Philippine Professional Regulation Commission. Results of the study showed that the participants do not have favorable study habits and attitudes. Among the noted unfavorable study habits were inefficient time management, lack of planning and concentration in their studies, poor skills in reading, ineffective test taking techniques, and failure to inform their teachers of their difficulties with school work and ask for their help. The participants also demonstrated unfavorable attitudes toward teachers’ classroom behavior and methods. It was further revealed that their performance in licensure examinations was quite low. Significant relationship between study habits and attitudes and performance in licensure examination were clearly shown in this study. Further analysis revealed that study habits (work methods and time management) of the participants were correlated with their success in licensure examination while study attitudes (i.e. attitudes toward teachers and educational acceptance) were not significantly related to success in licensure examination. This connotes that students who have favorable study habits will likely pass the licensure examination.
Keywords: study habits, study attitudes, academic performance.
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