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Different study habits of freshmen students in
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

Research paper
Presented to the
College of Liberal Arts
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila

In Partial Fulfilment
Of the requirement for English 102

Crisostomo, Jestine A.
Tamayo, Joshua
Untalan, Kane Errol

Biographical Data
Table of Contents

1.1 Statement of the Problem 1.2 Importance of the Study 1.3 Scope and Limitation of the Study 1.4 Definition of Terms

III. METHODOLOGY A. Research design B. Research locale, sample and sampling technique C. Instrument D. Statistical analysis

Chapter I

Study habits are the ways that you study - the habits that you have formed during your school years. Good study habits include being organized, keeping good notes, reading your textbook, listening in class, and working every day. Bad study habits include skipping class, not doing your work, watching TV or playing video games instead of studying, and losing your work. It means you are not distracted by anything. Basically it means that you are doing the best you can to get the grades you want.
Study Habit of every student is one of the most important factors that affect his or her understanding regarding a certain subject. It means, if a student possesses poor study habits, she has a greater chance of getting failing grades, if compare to a students who has a good study habit. But “habit” as it was defined from the Introduction to Psychology, means “a learned, or fixed way of behaving to satisfy a given motive”. By this definition alone, we can say that the person involves is the one making or forming his own habit. Maybe, habits can be affected by outside interference like his environment, his attitude toward his comparisons, his teachers and the books and reading materials around him, even the place where he study and other factors which influence the concentration of a students to effectively understand his lessons, and to pass his mind to discipline himself and form to himself the proper study habits which he knows he really needed.Study habit is the regular tendency or practice in studying. It is the one that is somehow hard to give up. Study habits can be good. Some good study habits are:

1. Setting a particular time and place to do home works, school assignments and projects.
2. Outlining and rewriting notes.
3. Studying with friends;
4. Being resourceful.

1.1 Statement of the Problem

This study is made to know the different study habits of the freshmen students of PLM and answer the following questions:

1.) Are the freshmen students of PLM has their own study habits? 2.) How long they practice this? (Since elementary, high school or only this time). 3.) What are the techniques that they use in their study habits? 4.) What are the factors affecting their study habits? 5.) Do they experience any kind of difficulties regarding their study habits?

1.2 Importance of the Study

This study aims to know the different study habits of the freshmen students in PLM. For the next batch of PLMayers and

1.3 Scope and Limitation of the Study

This study is limited for freshmen Biology students of Pamantasan ng Lugsod ng Maynila only.

1,4 Definition of Terms

Freshmen students – a first-year undergraduate
Habits – an automatic pattern of behaviour in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition
Outlining – describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
Resourceful – having inner resources; adroit or imaginative
Skills – an ability that has been acquired by training; ability to produce solutions in some problem domain
Students – a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines
Study – a detailed critical inspection; consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning

Chapter II

Every June, millions of parents try a kind of psychological witchcraft, to get their sons and daughters interests back to school from their restful months. Parent used to give their children many kinds of advices like clear a quiet work space; stick to a homework schedule; set goals; set boundaries, do not bribe (except in emergencies) etc. But does students’ learning style match the new teacher’s approach or the school’s philosophy? Maybe the child isn’t “a good fit” for the school.
Such theories have developed in part because of sketchy education research that doesn’t offer clear guidance. Student traits and teaching styles surely interact; so do personalities and at-home rules. The trouble is, no one can predict how.
Yet there are effective approaches to learning, at least for those who are motivated. In recent years, cognitive scientists have shown that a few simple techniques can reliably improve what matters most: how much a student learns from studying.
The findings can help anyone, from a fourth grader doing long division to a retiree taking on a new language. But they directly contradict much of the common wisdom about good study habits, and they have not caught on.
For instance, instead of sticking to one study location, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention. So does studying distinct but related skills or concepts in one sitting, rather than focusing intensely on a single thing.
“We have known these principles for some time, and it’s intriguing that schools don’t pick them up, or that people don’t learn them by trial and error,” said Robert A. Bjork, a psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Instead, we walk around with all sorts of unexamined beliefs about what works that are mistaken.”
Take the notion that children have specific learning styles, that some are “visual learners” and others are auditory; some are “left-brain” students, others “right-brain.” In a recent review of the relevant research, published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a team of psychologists found almost zero support for such ideas. “The contrast between the enormous popularity of the learning-styles approach within education and the lack of credible evidence for its utility is, in our opinion, striking and disturbing,” the researchers concluded.
Ditto for teaching styles, researchers say. Some excellent instructors caper in front of the blackboard like summer-theater Falstaffs; others are reserved to the point of shyness. “We have yet to identify the common threads between teachers who create a constructive learning atmosphere,” said Daniel T. Willingham, a psychologist at the University of Virginia and author of the book “Why Don’t Students Like School?”
But individual learning is another matter, and psychologists have discovered that some of the most hallowed advice on study habits is flat wrong. For instance, many study skills courses insist that students find a specific place, a study room or a quiet corner of the library, to take their work. The research finds just the opposite. In one classic 1978 experiment, psychologists found that college students who studied a list of 40 vocabulary words in two different rooms — one windowless and cluttered, the other modern, with a view on a courtyard — did far better on a test than students who studied the words twice, in the same room. Later studies have confirmed the finding, for a variety of topics.
The brain makes subtle associations between what it is studying and the background sensations it has at the time, the authors say, regardless of whether those perceptions are conscious. It colors the terms of the Versailles Treaty with the wasted fluorescent glow of the dorm study room, say; or the elements of the Marshall Plan with the jade-curtain shade of the willow tree in the backyard. Forcing the brain to make multiple associations with the same material may, in effect, give that information more neural scaffolding.
“What we think is happening here is that, when the outside context is varied, the information is enriched, and this slows down forgetting,” said Dr. Bjork, the senior author of the two-room experiment.
Varying the type of material studied in a single sitting — alternating, for example, among vocabulary, reading and speaking in a new language — seems to leave a deeper impression on the brain than does concentrating on just one skill at a time. Musicians have known this for years, and their practice sessions often include a mix of scales, musical pieces and rhythmic work. Many athletes, too, routinely mix their workouts with strength, speed and skill drills.
The advantages of this approach to studying can be striking, in some topic areas. In a study recently posted online by the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, Doug Rohrer and Kelli Taylor of the University of South Florida taught a group of fourth graders four equations, each to calculate a different dimension of a prism. Half of the children learned by studying repeated examples of one equation, say, calculating the number of prism faces when given the number of sides at the base, then moving on to the next type of calculation, studying repeated examples of that. The other half studied mixed problem sets, which included examples of all four types of calculations grouped together. Both groups solved sample problems along the way, as they studied.
A day later, the researchers gave all of the students a test on the material, presenting new problems of the same type. The children who had studied mixed sets did twice as well as the others, outscoring them 77 percent to 38 percent. The researchers have found the same in experiments involving adults and younger children.
“When students see a list of problems, all of the same kind, they know the strategy to use before they even read the problem,” said Dr. Rohrer. “That’s like riding a bike with training wheels.” With mixed practice, he added, “each problem is different from the last one, which means kids must learn how to choose the appropriate procedure — just like they had to do on the test.”
These findings extend well beyond math, even to aesthetic intuitive learning. In an experiment published last month in the journal Psychology and Aging, researchers found that college students and adults of retirement age were better able to distinguish the painting styles of 12 unfamiliar artists after viewing mixed collections (assortments, including works from all 12) than after viewing a dozen works from one artist, all together, then moving on to the next painter.
The finding undermines the common assumption that intensive immersion is the best way to really master a particular genre, or type of creative work, said Nate Kornell, a psychologist at Williams College and the lead author of the study. “What seems to be happening in this case is that the brain is picking up deeper patterns when seeing assortments of paintings; it’s picking up what’s similar and what’s different about them,” often subconsciously.
Cognitive scientists do not deny that honest-to-goodness cramming can lead to a better grade on a given exam. But hurriedly jam-packing a brain is akin to speed-packing a cheap suitcase, as most students quickly learn — it holds its new load for a while, then most everything falls out.
“With many students, it’s not like they can’t remember the material” when they move to a more advanced class, said Henry L. Roediger III, a psychologist at Washington University in St. Louis. “It’s like they’ve never seen it before.”
When the neural suitcase is packed carefully and gradually, it holds its contents for far, far longer. An hour of study tonight, an hour on the weekend, another session a week from now: such so-called spacing improves later recall, without requiring students to put in more overall study effort or pay more attention, dozens of studies have found.
No one knows for sure why. It may be that the brain, when it revisits material at a later time, has to relearn some of what it has absorbed before adding new stuff — and that that process is itself self-reinforcing.
“The idea is that forgetting is the friend of learning,” said Dr. Kornell. “When you forget something, it allows you to relearn, and do so effectively, the next time you see it.”
That’s one reason cognitive scientists see testing itself — or practice tests and quizzes — as a powerful tool of learning, rather than merely assessment. The process of retrieving an idea is not like pulling a book from a shelf; it seems to fundamentally alter the way the information is subsequently stored, making it far more accessible in the future.
Dr. Roediger uses the analogy of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle in physics, which holds that the act of measuring a property of a particle (position, for example) reduces the accuracy with which you can know another property (momentum, for example): “Testing not only measures knowledge but changes it,” he says — and, happily, in the direction of more certainty, not less.
In one of his own experiments, Dr. Roediger and Jeffrey Karpicke, who is now at Purdue University, had college students study science passages from a reading comprehension test, in short study periods. When students studied the same material twice, in back-to-back sessions, they did very well on a test given immediately afterward, then began to forget the material.
But if they studied the passage just once and did a practice test in the second session, they did very well on one test two days later, and another given a week later.
“Testing has such bad connotation; people think of standardized testing or teaching to the test,” Dr. Roediger said. “Maybe we need to call it something else, but this is one of the most powerful learning tools we have.”
Of course, one reason the thought of testing tightens people’s stomachs is that tests are so often hard. Paradoxically, it is just this difficulty that makes them such effective study tools, research suggests. The harder it is to remember something, the harder it is to later forget. This effect, which researchers call “desirable difficulty,” is evident in daily life. The name of the actor who played Linc in “The Mod Squad”? Francie’s brother in “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”? The name of the co-discoverer, with Newton, of calculus?
The more mental sweat it takes to dig it out, the more securely it will be subsequently anchored.
None of which is to suggest that these techniques — alternating study environments, mixing content, spacing study sessions, self-testing or all the above — will turn a grade-A slacker into a grade-A student. Motivation matters. So do impressing friends, making the hockey team and finding the nerve to text the cute student in social studies.
“In lab experiments, you’re able to control for all factors except the one you’re studying,” said Dr. Willingham. “Not true in the classroom, in real life. All of these things are interacting at the same time.”
But at the very least, the cognitive techniques give parents and students, young and old, something many did not have before: a study plan based on evidence, not schoolyard folk wisdom, or empty theorizing.


This chapter will discuss the process and procedures the researchers have made in order to get the desired results.


The study will discuss only one variable namely the Freshmen Students in Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. Since the problem of the study is about the different study habits of the variable, the researchers will decide to use the correlational study wherein it produces a description about the relationship but it does not explain why the relationship exist.
This study is a quantitative study in which the researcher aimed to quantify the strength of the relationship of the two variables.


The researchers will focus on the Study Habits of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) BS Biology freshmen students only. Fifty (30) BS Biology students in different section will be chosen to answer the following questions.


The researchers came up with self-made questionnaire that will be based on the statement of the problem in the study. It will be a 10-item questionnaire that will include a 3-point rating scale. The participants will be given statements that they have to rate according to what is their answer to the following questions about their study habits.


The researchers study is about knowing the different study habits of the BS Biology Freshmen students. Using inferential statistics wherein it uses a sample to generalize the whole population, Pearson product moment correlation will be used.


The data that will be gathered is represented in this chapter as cited in the statement of the problem.

Research Question:

1.) Do you have your own Study habits?

I have | | I don’t have | | Maybe | |

2.) How long have you been practicing your study habits?

Since Elementary | | Since High school | | Only this time | |

3.) What are the things do you enjoy in your study?

Reading Materials | | Food | | Technology | | Others | |

4.) What are the factors affecting your study habits?

Emotional psyche | | Intellectual capacity | | Environmental condition | | Others | |

5.) Are you experiencing any kind of difficulties regarding study habits?

Yes | | No | | Maybe | |

6.) What are the common difficulties you’re experiencing as being influenced by those study habits?

Sleepless night | | Peer pressure | | Stress | | Others | |

7.) What are the ways in overcoming such difficulties?

Be confident and self-assured | | Manage your time | | Consult a psychologists | | Praying and relaxing | | Others | |

8.) What are your study habits?

Cramming | | Studying ahead of time | | Not studying at all | | Multi-tasking | | Others | | 9.) What are the beneficial matters in observing study habits?

Peace of mind | | Getting a passing grade | | Development of perseverance | | others | |

10.) How do this study habits affect your classroom performance?

Develop mental and social well being | | Offer satisfaction upon an accomplishment | | Boost confidence and self-esteem | | Others | |

*The following tables will be filled at the end of the study including the discussion and conclusion to the following.


The Summary, Conclusion, and Recommendation of the study will be filled at the end of the study.

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...& STUDIES The review of related literature for this study focuses on the factors affecting the study habits of high school students. The review focuses on identifying different factors that affect or cause changes in a student’s study habits. The chapter begins with a definition of study habits, followed by the significance, factors that affect study habits – student’s attitude, teachers, parents, etc. – and ways on how to improve one’s study habit. The research outcomes germane to study habits and a matching relation to grades, participation in class, and academic. DEFINITION OF STUDY HABITS According to Romeo M. Losare Jr. (2009) study habits simply mean how a pupil manages his/ her time in such a way that he/she can review and study regularly. He also said that Study habits are the ways that you study - the habits that you have formed during your school years. Study habits can be good ones, or bad ones. Good study habits include being organized, keeping good notes, reading your textbook, listening in class, and working every day. Bad study habits include skipping class, not doing your work, watching TV or playing video games instead of studying, and losing your work. Zenaida Honggang (2009) stated that study habits are flexible. It is anytime, anywhere learning. It is also anchored on by teaching on life skills beyond obtaining information. Richard J. Field (2006) agrees with the book Council for Exceptional Children (2005) which stated that study habits involve...

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...The Study Habits of Third Year Social Science Students in relation to their Academic Performance A thesis proposal submitted to the College of Education Universidad de Manila in partial fulfillment of the requirements for Educational Research Kricheal E. Camua ED33 Professor Taringting January 21, 2015 Abstract The purpose of this research is to identify the different study habits of Third year Social Science students. Study habits are the behaviors used when preparing for tests or learning academic material. The first step of the study covers an interview on how each student study their lessons at home. We also used a checklist or survey form to validate the answers in the interview. The final step is we conducted home visits where we observed how each student study at home. By doing this research we can say that students have different ways on how they can review and understand a certain topic or lesson. Introduction “I received a failing grade,” what’s yours? “I received a passing grade,” how about you? “I received a good grade.” This is the usual conversation of the students after an exam or a quiz. Why are they receiving different scores or grades despite the fact that the difficulty of the exam is the same? Is it because of their intelligence? How do they study at home? How about inside the school? On this study we will find out what are the different study habits of the students. In choosing this topic, we...

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