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# Chapter 1

The Problem and Its Background Introduction Math is actually a subject most of high school students battle with, but with the correct study habits students can see higher performance scores.

Studying math is slightly different than studying for other subjects. Math can be a critical thinking course and is learned by actively doing problems. It can be extremely important for students to complete the assigned homework and even extra math problems for practice. Performing homework and practice work may be of tremendous help to students in finding out formulas and methods they must know. This may develop or strengthen problem solving and vital thinking skills.

Studying for math begins inside the classroom. It really is quite vital for students to take accountability for studying and being conscious of weaknesses and strengths. Attending every single class is crucial. Not just attending, but becoming an active participant in the classroom, as well as taking notes. Test material is usually covered in class, so it is imperative that students pay attention.

Students have to be certain they have an understanding of the material just before moving on to the next subject. If a student has a question or is unsure about the material, he or she must obtain clarification from the instructor.

The amount of time spent on studying is important. Students will need to spend a minimum of 2 hours of study time per class hours; but this could not be sufficient. Students need to spend as much time as they need to complete all their homework and totally recognize the material.

The reason for this study is to be able to identify if performance in Mathematics depends upon a persons age, gender or study habits and be able to come up with a solution to improve or maintain performance in Mathematics.

Statement of the Problem The study aims to identify the determinants of the performance of High School students in Math. Specifically, it sought answers to the following: 1. What is the profile of the respondents in terms of: 1.1 Age 1.2 Gender 1.3 No. of Siblings 2. What is the study habits of the respondents in terms of: 2.1 Time Management 2.2 Study Environment 2.3 Test Taking/Preparation Skills 2.4 Note Taking Skills 3. What is the math performance of the respondents?

4. Is there a significant relationship between the study habits and math performance of the respondents? 5. Is there a significant difference in the math performance of the respondents when grouped according to profile?

Hypotheses: The respondents age, gender and study habits are not significantly related to their performance in Mathematics.