Influence of Street Hawking on Study Habit and Academic Performance of Secondary School Students in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria (Published)
Unemployment and poor economic condition of many families in Nigeria has forced some parents to engage their children in street hawking to support family income. This can have hazardous effects on the children and put their future at risk. This paper examined the impact of street hawking on study habits and academic performance of secondary school students in Ado Ekiti. The population consisted of all students involved in hawking in secondary schools. The sample was 180 secondary school students selected through purposive sampling technique. One research question was raised and three research hypotheses were tested. Two instruments titled “Questionnaire on Street Hawking and Study Habit (QSHSH)” and “Social Studies Achievement Test (SSAT)” validated and tested for reliability were used for the study. The reliability test yielded 0.74 and 0.71 coefficients for QSHSH and SSAT respectively. Data collected were analysed using frequency count, percentages, mean and standard deviation. Hypotheses were tested using Pearson Product Moment Correlation at 0.05 level of significance. Finding of the study revealed that student hawkers exhibited poor study habits which led to their poor academic performance. It was recommended among others that student hawkers should learn to form good study habits of reading and preparing early for examination so as to improve their academic performance while government should improve the standard of living of the people in order to reduce poverty which is the main cause of street hawking.
Study Habits and Academic Performance of Secondary School Students in Rivers-West Senatorial District of Rivers State, Nigeria (Published)
The study investigated Study Habits and Academic Performance of Secondary School Students in Rivers-West Senatorial District of Rivers State, Nigeria. The population of the study is 2,650 Senior Secondary Two (S.S.2) students in selected public schools in the Rivers-West Senatorial District. The sample size is 437 which was chosen through Taro Yemeni’s sample size selection formula. The instrument for data collection was a questionnaire which dwelt on the extent of relationship between aspects of study habit such as regular reading, students-teacher consultation, regular involvement in doing class assignments, regular library patronage and regular engagement in doing take-home assignments and academic performance. Five research questions guided the study and were analysed using mean statistical tool. The findings revealed that there is high extent of relationship between study habit and academic performance. Consequently, recommendations were made which include: parents should provide books and encourage their wards to study hard; counselors should be employed to counsel students on how to develop study habit; students should be encouraged to do their class and take-home assignments.
Impact of academic procrastination and study habit on expressed Mathematics anxiety of junior secondary school students in Esan South-East Edo State Nigeria (Published)
This study investigated the impact of academic procrastination and study habit on expressed Mathematics anxiety of junior secondary school students in Esan South-East Edo State Nigeria. Using the descriptive survey research design, two research questions were answered. Data were collected using three validated instruments, from four hundred (400) purposively selected junior secondary school students in Esan South-East Edo State Nigeria. Data was analysed using the Multiple Regression Analysis statistical tool at 0.05 level of significance. The study revealed that the independent variables jointly impacted significantly on Mathematics anxiety of junior secondary school students. The findings suggest the need for teachers should endeavour to use diverse teaching methods that would take into consideration individual differences that exist among students with having challenges with their Mathematical skills. This could make them adjust and overcome their difficulty in understanding Mathematics. Also, students should endeavour to practice Mathematics regularly, attend classes and seek consultation with their teachers when they encounter challenges studying Mathematics.