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PROJECT TOPIC: INFLUENCE OF STUDY SKILLS ON TEST ANXIETY LEVELS AND ACHIEVEMENT OF SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE

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Abstract

The study investigated the influence of study skills on test anxiety levels and achievement of senior secondary school students in English Language. This study was prompted by the continued rate of poor academic achievement in secondary schools. Four research questions and four null hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. A structured study skills inventory (SSI) consisting of 29 items, Test Anxiety scale (TAS) consisting of 32 items and a standardized English Language Achievement test were administered to 400 SSIII students (200 boys and 200 girls) in Nsukka Education Zone of Enugu State. The data collected were analyzed using mean scores and standard deviation. A mean score of 2.50 was adopted the baseline. The t-test statistics was used to test the null hypotheses. The study found that study skills have no significant influence on students’ test anxiety level; study skills have a significant influence on students achievement; students’ test anxiety levels are significantly influenced by gender; the female students showed higher test anxiety than their male counterparts, gender has a significant influence on students’ achievement in school. The males performed better than the females in an English language achievement test in Nsukka Urban. The following recommendations were made: Curriculum planners and the government should strive to incorporate study skills into the curriculum of secondary education;, government should encourage the school guidance counselors and also provide conducive learning atmosphere to reduce anxiety and help the students to develop good study skills; there should be workshops, seminars, or public awareness programmes. This will educate parents on how to help their children or ward(s) develop good study skill, since study skill, have been found to have influence on the students’ achievement


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