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Percie Val R.

RSH630 – Research Seminar 1
Dr. Emanuel C. De Guzman

Study Habits of Academic Excellence Awardee in selected Public School

in Metro Manila and its relationship to Academic Performance


Having a strong foundation of a good education can result to a better life. It will

be an anchor and serves as an edge to many opportunities after the years of investing

time, money and hard work. Education will change a person’s social status and stability

in the community. It also changes how people look upon a person. In this world that

educated and rich people belong to the highest class of the society while non-educated

people would not be able to perform well because other people are treating them

differently, opportunity for them are very rare and most probably they will pluck in

poverty and involve to crimes therefore being educated is important.

Parents want their children to be educated and successful, those are the primary

reasons why they choose the best university or institution to entrust the education and

the future of their children. Hence, this is according to their capacity to sustain the

education of their children. But even the richest people might fail in their studies and the

poorest people can finished their studies with distinguish awards, because performance

of the students in school may vary to their abilities, skills and study habits.
The government is doing its best to provide education for public, thus the

government can’t cover all the expenses. That is why there are a lot of universities and

institutions offering scholarships to those students who want to finish their education

despite of the financial crisis they are experiencing. This research will focus to the

students experiencing poverty but still eager to succeed in life by means of applying in

some academic scholars or other scholarship offered by government or private

institutions, students who focus their time for studying and prefer not to have a part time

job to sustain their studies.

This study is aiming to identify Study Habits of Academic Excellence Awardee in

selected Public School in Metro Manila and its relationship to Academic Performance.

Also, the researcher wants this study to be a guide for future students who aspire to

have an Academic Excellence award.


The study aims to determine the relationship between the Study Habits of Academic

Excellence Awardee in selected Public School in Metro Manila and its relationship to

Academic Performance.

Most precisely, this research aims to answer the following questions:

1. What are the study habits of the academic excellence awardee in terms of

health habits, time management, attitude, concentration, academic stress,

goal setting, preparation and follow-up, comprehension, selecting main ideas,

use of resources, exam preparation and exam writing?

2. Is there a significant relationship between academic excellence awardee

study habits and their academic performance?

3. What are the challenges experienced by the academic excellence awardee?


The study will be significance to the following:

Students. This study will be a great help for students who aspire to be a

university academic scholar to know how they will get and how they will maintain the

scholarship. The result of this study can be interpreted as a motivational tool and

serves as an example of a good trait of a model student.

Parents. This study will give the parents knowledge that they have a support

system for the studies of their children in terms of scholarship program offered by many

institutions. It will also expose how important for them to teach their children a good

study habits from their childhood.

Teachers. This study will be a good indication on how they will give importance

to the time of the students spent in the classroom. Also it will aid on how the teacher

promotes good study habits.

Administration. This study can lead on how the Administration can enhance the

program to be more attainable for the students who need assistance. And to give

acknowledgement for the Administration who is keeping these scholarship programs


Guidance and Counseling Offices. This study will be a guide to the Guidance

and Counseling Officers on giving advices to the academic scholars when they are

faced to different challenges in school and in personal life.

Other Researchers. This study aims to contribute on understanding the different

study habits of academic excellence awardee in relationship with their academic


Theoretical Framework

Vygotsky’s Social Interaction Theory

Lev Vygostky believed that social interaction does more than transmit ideas. In

his view, people provide guidance and support for children as they attempt new and

more complicated tasks. People are the essence of Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal

Development concept.

The Zone of Proximal Development refers to an area in which an individual has a

trouble solving a problem alone but can succeed with help from someone more

knowledgeable. If a cognitive development proceeds gradually, it makes sense that at

any given time, a student is on the verge of a cognitive “breakthrough”. We can think of

a student’s zone of proximal students, therefore, as the area of potential breakthrough.

Vygotsky suggested that students should be pushed to the edge of their

capabilities, but that someone should be there to help and encourage them. Although

the teacher is the most obvious candidate in the classroom, he or she is not the only

person who can encourage breakthroughs. Another students who has recently made

the same breakthrough might be the one who can most effectively communicate the

necessary knowledge. Vygotsky’s theory of Zone of Proximal Development suggests a

more aggressive approach than Piaget’s notion of social interaction. The difference

between guided discovery and pure discover. (Child & Adolescent Dev.)

Conceptual Framework