1.1 Background of the study
Education is the process through which an individual is developed into individuality and a person into a personality. Each person is different from the other and every individual has some unique potential in some field or the other. Education doesn’t simply refer to the number of years an individual spends in a school. It refers to the change in behavior, attitude and culture brought about in the individual as a result of his having undergone education during a particular period. Thus, the main characteristic of any educational process is to bring about the best in the individual. Educational activities are geared towards ensuring that students achieve mastery of educational objectives. In school , the extent to which these objectives have been achieved, is determined by their level of peer pressure, time management as students‟ success are reflected in their academic performance (Ashish, 2013).
Today’s world is moving in a speed which was unheard in the past. Everyone wants to excel. Individual’s success affects personal and social dimensions of life. In this regard, academic performance is one of the major factors that influence individual‟s success in any educational setting. It is any body’s guess that good habits and skills will help us to promote efficiency in our tasks. In education, proper study habits and skills entail to proficiency as well as high quality of learning (Dehghani & Soltanalgharaei, 2014). Productive study requires conceptualization and intention. It could include some skills such as note-taking, observation, asking question, listening, thinking and presented idea regarding discovering new information. Thus, learner should be interested in learning and must be able to apply needed skills. On the other hand, inefficient study leads to waste of time and learner’s energy (Hashemian & Hashemian, 2014).
Study habits and skills like other skills can be taught and learnt. Accordingly, educational researches intend to find out effective ways to improve students‟ study habits, and most suitable age of learners where they can learn those skills.
Study habit therefore, refers to the student ways of carrying out the task of studying by using various techniques and ways in the field of study to keep him afloat along with the wise use of his/her time in studying. Either the study habit is systematic or unsystematic there could always be an impact to student’s academic performance.
The concept of study habit comprises of study attitude, study method and study skill. Attitude towards study has great contribution in academic achievement and good study pattern. Successful students adopt positive attitude towards study and do not waste time or energy”. There are different studies which have studies study habits as a correlate of academic achievement. Anwar (2013) conducted a study to investigate the degree of relationship between study habits and academic achievement of senior secondary school students of Luck now city of U.P. (India) and found that the academic achievement of the students having good and poor study habits differed significantly in favour of those who has good study habits