Foremost Factor that Distracts Students ‘Achievement on Academic Goals and their Prevailing Stress Reliever Activities
Anna C. Bocar1, Sonia Shibila Allen2

1Anna C. Bocar, LL.B., MBA, DBA, Lecturer, Gulf College, Sultanate of Oman.
2Sonia Shibila Allen, M.Com. Lecturer, Gulf College, Sultanate of Oman.
Manuscript received on 06 May 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 18 May 2019 | Manuscript Published on 23 May 2019 | PP: 828-838 | Volume-7 Issue-6S5 April 2019 | Retrieval Number: F11440476S519/2019©BEIESP
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Abstract: The aim of this paper is to determine the foremost factor that distract students’ achievement of their academic goals and it utilised the five factors namely: peer pressure, health, classroom structures or setting, over self-confidence, and academic responsibilities. This study also looked into the first three most prevailing stress reliever activities engaged in by the students. Among these are dancing, charity work, watching television programs, reading books, visiting friends, athletic related activity, and listening to music. This paper used the mixed research design of a grounded theory and quantitative design to convey the results. To work out the statistical results of the study the frequency, percentile distribution, weighted mean and ranking are used. The officially registered male and female students are respondents of this study. The sample population showed that those students who are working from private sectors are greater in number than those working from public sectors. The demographic profile of the respondents indicates that majority of the respondents from either sectorsare residing at a place far from the college; thus, only few are having their homes near the college. They have expressed that there are six to ten roommates or members of the family living in with them in the house. Most of the respondents in private sectors did not mention about any other job that they would like to engage in within the five years’ time after finishing their college education. On the other hand, some of those that are in the public sectors declared that they expect their promotion within the five years’ time after their studies in the college. Only very few from the public sectors revealed that they desire to get a job other than their present work. Most of the respondents from the public sectors manifested their intention to continue their higher studies after finishing their bachelor degree as compared with those that are from the private sectors. The former group of respondents stressed personal reason just like promotion while the later mentioned about career enhancement. Meanwhile, those who declared that they do not have any desire to continue their higher studies expressed that their working conditions and financial constraints towed them towards such decisions. Furthermore, as manifested by the respondents the results revealed that over self-confidence at all time is the foremost factor that distracts the achievement of their academic goals. In conclusion, peer pressure, classroom structures or setting, academic responsibilities and health, are secondary contributory factors only that would distract the achievement of their academic goals. They also disclosed that the most preferred activitiehat they engage in to relieve them from stress are visiting their friends, reading books and watching television programs.
Keywords: Distract, Academic Goals, Stress Reliever Activities.
Scope of the Article: Social Sciences