BRONZE

Fairview Students’ At-Home Academic Commitment

The researcher will survey students from grades 6-9 at Fairview school about their study habits and their overall at-home time commitment. The data collected is going to be analyzed and displayed in a variety of charts and graphs.
Jennah Etyem
Grade 8

Problem

What type of study attitudes and behaviours do students in a Traditional Learning Center possess? 

Method

        For this project, I had a very long process. Firstly, I made the surveys and the consent sheet. This took me about 3 days to do. Once they were completed, I got my ELA teacher to take a look to make sure my spelling and grammar were spot on. After that was done, I discussed with assistant principal, Mr. Papp, how best to distribute the surveys. He said he would help me distribute the surveys to all the homeroom teachers, which he did the following week. Then, I waited as all the students who wanted to participate in the survey signed the consent sheet and completed the survey.  A few days later, I had all the surveys back in my grasp, and I began to analyze. In the beginning, I just analyzed for trends in each class, so I could have some sort of basis to work with. It took me approximately 20 hours to fully complete this analysis, which I spread out with over the course of 16 days. Once that was done, I set aside my data for a couple of days, so I could come back to it with fresh eyes to avoid mistakes. A couple of days later, I went back to my raw core data and I analyzed it for grade trends that I would later compare. That took me approximately 8 hours of multiplying and dividing numbers (converting fractions to percentages). Once that was all done, I went back through my data once more to fully ensure there wasn't a single mistake. This took me a good 4 hours. Then once all the checking, double checking, and triple checking were complete, I began to structure my report. 

Research

Fairview school is a traditional learning center. A traditional learning center is designed to help teachers enhance their teaching, to help students enrich their learning, and it is a place for students to develop conversation and reflection among other students, teachers, and staff around topics of their educational interests. At these centers, students have an enlarged responsibility for their own education, requiring them to study independently and develop strategies that work for them. According to the CBE website, “A successful student demonstrates self-management and organizational skills and a commitment to daily homework, a willingness to accept the challenge of a rigorous academic curriculum and an eagerness for knowledge and service, and a willingness to work independently.”

 

Data

Data Analysis

Grade 6 Data

Among the grade 6 participants, there were a total of 67 participants, among which about 55% were females, 40% were males, and 5% chose not to identify. Regarding the question that studying will produce better grades compared to not studying, about 39% strongly agreed, 54% agreed, 5% had no opinion, and about 1% disagreed or strongly disagreed. Regarding the idea that it is important to study each week even if there is no upcoming quiz or test, about 16% strongly agreed, 37% agreed, 30% had no opinion, 13% disagreed, and 4% strongly disagreed. Regarding the idea that it is important to start studying a few days before a quiz or test, about 52% strongly agreed, 34% agreed, 11% had no opinion, and 3% disagreed. When asked if one day is enough to study for a quiz or test, 3% strongly agreed, 16% agreed, 16% had no opinion, 43% disagreed, and 22% strongly disagreed. When asked how much time a week is dedicated to studying and doing homework, about 5% said 0 hours, 55% said 1-3 hours, 33% said 4-6 hours, and 8% said 7 or more hours. When asked how often they complete assigned homework, about 50% said almost always, 6% said sometimes, and 45% said most of the time. When asked which subject they study for the most, about 32% said math, 17% said science, 9% said English, 42% said social studies, and 0% said French. In grade 6, the most popular study strategy was reviewing notes since 43% chose it as their favourite strategy, and reviewing key concepts was the second favourite at 24%. The least favourite were flashcards (7%) and no studying (6%).

Grade 6 Pie Grade 6 Bar Graph

Grade 7 data

Among the grade 7, there were a total of 93 participants, among which about 37% were females, 56% were males, and 8% chose not to gender identify. Regarding the idea that studying will produce better grades compared to not studying, about 30% strongly agreed, 54% agreed, 8% had no opinion, 8% disagreed, and less than 1% strongly disagreed. Regarding the idea that it is important to study each week even if there is no upcoming quiz or test, 9% strongly agreed, 36% agreed, 30% had no opinion, 21% disagreed, and 5% strongly disagreed. Regarding the idea that it is important to start studying a few days before a quiz or test, 37% strongly agreed, 50% agreed, 8% had no opinion, 3% disagreed, and 3% strongly disagreed. Regarding the idea that one day is enough to study for a quiz or test, 6% strongly agreed, 18% agreed, 25% had no opinion, 37% disagreed, and 15% strongly disagreed. When asked how much time a week is dedicated to studying and homework, 1% said 0 hours, 56% said 1-3 hours, 37% said 4-6 hours, and 6% said 7 or more hours. When asked if they complete assigned homework on time, about 8% said sometimes, 37% said most of the time, and 56% said almost always. When asked which subject they study for the most, 49% said science, 13% said social studies, 26% said math, 4% said French, and 8% said English. In grade 7, the most popular study strategy was reviewing notes (35%), and the least popular was no studying (7%) and flashcards (12%).

Grade 7 Bar Graph Grade 7 Pie

Grade 8 data      

Among the grade 8 participants, there were a total of 64 participants, among which about 39% were females, 47% were males, and 14% chose not to gender identify. Regarding the idea that studying of produce better grades compared to not studying, about 40% strongly agreed, 38% agreed, 17% had no opinion, and 5% disagreed. Regarding the idea that it is important to study each week even if there is no upcoming quiz or test, 20% strongly agreed, 30% agreed, 31% had no opinion, 16% disagreed, and 4% strongly disagreed. Regarding the idea that is it important to study a few days before a quiz or test, 41% I strongly agreed, 47% agree, 7% had no opinion, and 5% disagreed. Regarding the idea that one day is enough to study for a quiz or test, about 5% strongly agreed, 26% agreed, 23% had no opinion, 35% disagreed, and 9% strongly disagreed. When asked how much time is dedicated to studying and doing homework each week, 5% said 0 hours, 41% said 1-3 hours, 37% said 4-6 hours, and 17% said 7 or more hours.When asked if they complete assigned homework on time, 9% said sometimes, 28% said most of the time, 61% said almost always, and 2% said never. When asked which subject they study for the most, about 66% said science, 19% said math, 12% said social studies, and 3% said French. The most popular study strategy in grade 8 was reviewing notes. 

 

Grade 8 Bar  Grade 8 Pie

Grade 9 data

From grade 9, there were a total of 73 participants, among which about 51% were females, 45% were males, and 4% chose not to gender identify. Regarding the idea that studying will produce better grades compared to not studying, about 49% strongly agreed, 42% agreed, 5% had no opinion, 4% disagreed, and less than 1% strongly disagreed. Regarding the idea that it is important to study each week even if there is no upcoming quiz or test, about 17.5% strongly agreed, 31% agreed, 25% had no opinion, 21% disagreed, and 5.5% strongly disagreed. Regarding the idea that it is important to start studying a few days before a quiz or test, about 42.9% strongly agreed, 38.9% agreed, 8.2% had no opinion, 9.1% disagreed, and 1% strongly disagreed. Regarding the idea that one day is enough to study for a quiz or test, 7.2% strongly agreed, 24.9% agreed, 22% had no opinion, 36.2% disagreed, and 9.7% strongly disagreed. When asked how much time a week is dedicated to studying and doing homework, 1.9% said 0 hours, 39.9% said 1-3 hours, 27.7% said 4-6 hours, and 29.7% said 7 or more. When asked how often they completed assigned homework on time, 7% said sometimes, 27% said most of the time, and 66% said almost always. When asked which subject they study for the most, about 42.4% said science, 46% said math, 9.9% said social studies, and 1.8% said French. In grade 9, the most popular study strategy was memorizing key concepts. 

 

Grade 9 Bar Grade 9 pie

Conclusion

Grade 6 students studied most for Social Studies (42%) and Math (32%), favoured reviewing notes (43%) and reviewing key concepts (24%) as study strategies, and studied 1-3 hours per week (55%). Most (93%) agreed or strongly agreed that studying produced better grades than not studying. Grade 7 students studied most for Science (49%) and Math (26%), favoured reviewing notes (35%) and reviewing key concepts (25%) as study strategies, and studied 1-3 hours per week (56%). Most (84%) agreed or strongly agreed that studying produced better grades than not studying. Grade 8 students studied most for Science (66%) and Math (19%), favoured reviewing key concepts (29%) and reviewing notes (26%) as study strategies, studied 1-3 hours per week (41%). Most (78%) agreed or strongly agreed that studying produced better grades than not studying. Grade 9 students studied most for Math (46%) and Science (42.4%), favoured reviewing notes (28%) and reviewing key concepts (27%) as study strategies, and studied 7+ hours per week (30%). Most (91%) agreed or strongly agreed that studying produced better grades than not studying.

         Based on the findings, only half of the hypothesis was correct. Older students reported spending more time studying compared to younger students. However, flashcards was one of the least favourite study strategies among all the grade levels, which didn’t line up with the hypothesis. Other interesting findings were related to the subjects students study for the most. In grade 6, the subject they studied for the most was Social Studies, but in grades 7,8, and 9, Math and Science were consistently reported the most studied for subjects. Also, another interesting finding was related to languages. English and French were both low ranked among all grade levels for at-home study time. With regards to at-home studying, for the most part, the majority of students reported that they believe studying is important to academic success and reported some amount of weekly at-home study time.

 

Acknowledgement

Thank you for your attention. This is the end of my science fair presentation. I would like to say a special thanks, to Ms. Pacheco my homeroom teacher, Mr.Papp the assistant principal, all the students who volunteered to take my survey, Ms. Gobrail, my science teacher, who checked on my progress along the way, and my mom, who helped me throughout the entirety of this project.