Peer Pressure Affects Academic Performance of Second Year Students

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Title:
Peer Pressure Affects Academic Performance of Second Year Students

Dependent Variable:
Academic performance of second year students

Independent Variable:
Peer Pressure

Objective:
To know how academic performance among second year high school students is being affected by peer pressure.

Introduction:
To be successful in life, one must begin by being successful in school. In high school, we were all told to work hard so that we could get good grades and scores that would get us into a good college, eventually getting us a good career. And that was success.
School and school-related activities, over a period of time, are essential in an adolescent’s life. These comprise one-third or half of a typical adolescent’s
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Above scenario is the negative effect of peer pressure to academic performance.
Peer pressure can also have a positive effect that can lead to a better academic performance.
Being in a group with motivated people who understand the importance of learning and have a drive to succeed can motivate others in that peer group to do just as well. Of course, in order to fit into a group, we usually conform to the ways of the group. So if it is the norm that members of the group are motivated and take academic success seriously, to be accepted by the group means to perform the way they expect their in-group members to perform.
Also, when we are identified with a successful group, this motivates a member of the group to also always be successful. By being part of the group and being recognized as so, we may gain greater self-confidence and greater feelings of self-efficacy for academic tasks
We can solve poor academic performance by choosing the peer group we wish to join. Becoming accepted by a certain peer group is not just good for our social reputations, it is also very good for our academic reputation. Choosing good friends is like choosing success over failure. We should choose wisely because friends in our peer group can have much more of an influence on us than we think.

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