Saturday, June 29, 2013

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Causes of Poor Study Habits Among Grade VI Pupils 
In Marbel 7 Elementary School

ABSTRACT

This study looked into the different causes of poor study habits of pupils. Specifically it tried to answer the question:

1. What are the causes of poor study habits of the pupils in terms of: child related causes; school related causes; and home related causes?

This action research basically described the causes of poor study habits of the pupils concerned. Hence, it entailed descriptive method of research.

The 69 respondents of this study were chosen through random sampling. They are Grade Six pupils currently enrolled in Marbel 7 Elementary School, East II District, City of Koronadal.

A questionnaire composed of 24 items was used to determine the causes of poor study habits of the pupils. It was written in English with a Filipino translation to facilitate better understanding and generate authentic responses.

Furthermore, the results were treated using frequency count, weighted mean and percentage weight. The responses of the pupils were analyzed and interpreted using a five point scale with corresponding verbal descriptions.

The following are the salient findings and conclusions of this action research on the causes of poor study habits as perceived by the respondents:

1. Among the items cited, the poor concentration (x=3.21) and difficulty in comprehension (x=3.04) got the highest means for child related causes. These are followed by slow taking details of lesson (x=2.96), poor organizing of notes (x=2.87), cramming (x=2.87), laziness to study (x=2.84), and uninterested to the subject (x=2.76). Based on the rubrics designed for this research, these items are described as sometimes, which means that the pupils have poor study habits. This implies that these are perceived to be causes for the pupils to have poor study habits.

2. For the school related causes of poor study habits, unorganized classroom setting (x=3.27) and distractions like noise (x=3.01) generated the highest means compared to other items. These are followed by lack of ventilation and lighting (x=2.84), insufficient books (x=2.83), and not giving of pointers (x=2.67). peer influence (x=2.83), With reference to the rubrics made for this research, these items are described as sometimes, which means that the pupils have poor study habits. This signifies that these are causes for the pupils to have poor study habits.

3. Household chores (x=3.03) recorded the highest mean among the items for home related causes of poor study habits. These are followed by distraction by other interests and hobbies (x=2.98), family problems (x=2.92), unsupportive siblings (x=2.78), and cluttered and messy home setting (x=2.72). According to the rubrics constructed for this research, this item is described as sometimes, which means that the pupils have poor study habits. This indicates that these are causes for the pupils to have poor study habits.

The following are recommended by this action research in order to limit, if not prevent, the occurrences of poor study habits among the pupils:

1. Emphasize to all the teachers that concentration, along with comprehension should be developed among the pupils because these skills tend to influence the study habits of the pupils. Hence, it should be stressed by the teachers to the pupils that when they study, it is not enough that they learn how to decode the words in the text of what they study, but they also understand the main thought.

2. Maintain a school environment that is conducive for studying for the pupils. Classroom organization and noise reduction should be the primary targets because these affect the study habits of the pupils. Aside from re-assessing how appropriately structured is the classroom, internal sources of noise like shouting of other pupils should be minimized in order to promote an atmosphere that is favorable for studying.

3. Include in the homeroom meetings and general assembly the concern on household chores as this factor tend to shape the study habits of the pupils. Inform the parents on the importance of delegating household chores in proportion to allotting study time at home. This does not mean that the pupils will not have to perform household chores, but they perform household chores just enough to consider opportunity for them to study their lessons afterwards.



*Modified for blog publication. Conceptualized by Michael B. Cahapay and conducted by Nancy B. Para, East II District, City Schools Division of Koronadal.


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