Stress and Academic Performance Essay

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STRESS AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE: A STUDY AMONG PRE-
SCIENCE STUDENTS IN UiTM NEGERI SEMBILAN
Rafidah Kamarudin1, Azizah Aris2 and Nor aini Ibrahim3

1Academy of Language Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA Negeri Sembilan
2Faculty of Information Technology and Quantitative Science, Universiti Teknologi MARA Johor
3Faculty of Information Technology and Quantitative Science, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, MALAYSIA

ABSTRACT

The present study is carried out to find out if there is any significant difference in the level of perceived stress among the students at the beginning, middle and end of the semester. We would also like to find out whether there is a correlation between the students’ level of perceived
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In addition to that, we would like to find out whether there is a correlation between the students’ level of perceived stress at the three different periods (beginning, middle, end of the semester) on their academic performance. Our final objective is to determine the possible stress factors that the students perceive may contribute to their academic performance. In addition to that, the association between the academic performance and the identified stress factors would also be explored.

2. LITERATURE REVIEW

A frequently reported source of stress that most undergraduate students experience is receiving a lower grade than they expected (grade pressure) (Ratana Saipanish, 2003; Evans & Fitzgibbon, 1992; Kohn & Frazer, 1986). Too much stress can interfere student’s preparation, concentration, and performance but positive stress can be helpful to students by motivating them to peak performance (Pfeiffer, 2001). Students also have a fear of failure in relation to their grades and academic work. To fall short of their own or others’ expectations in school, job, athletics, or any other activity one risks both external and internal costs: threat to academic or career prospects, disapproval, rejection, humiliation, guilt and blow to the self-esteem (Schafer, 1996).

Those studies carried out with medical students show that in the academic area,

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