Factors Affecting Academic Performance of M. Sc. Level Students at Tribhuvan University

Authors

  • Sudhir Tamang Central Department of Statistics, Institute of Science and Technology, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Shankar Prasad Khanal Central Department of Statistics, Institute of Science and Technology, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9192-6057

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/njs.v7i1.61055

Keywords:

Academic performance, ANOVA, multiple linear regression, M. Sc. level students, Tribhuvan University

Abstract

Background: Several factors contribute to a student's academic performance. Studies have examined the direct impact of student-related factors and the broader influence of social and economic factors.

Objective: To identify the important factors influencing the academic performance of Master's level students at the Institute of Science and Technology (IoST), Tribhuvan University (TU).

Materials and Methods: Primary data of 251 master’s level students was collected with a questionnaire adapted and developed from similar studies. The data was collected using convenience sampling. In addition to demographic and categorical questions, five-point Likert scale questions were also used. Data analysis involved fitting a multiple linear regression (MLR) with the identified significant independent variables. The goodness of fit of the model was evaluated to assess the accuracy and reliability of the final model in explaining variations in students' SGPA (Semester Grade Point Average).

Results: The study revealed that students' motivation, study habits, and communication skills significantly influenced their SGPA. Study habits showed a coefficient of 0.118 (p < 0.001), indicating a positive and significant relationship with SGPA. Student motivation had a coefficient of 0.19 (p < 0.001). Similarly, Higher levels of motivation were linked to improved SGPA outcomes. Communication skills exhibited a coefficient of 0.086 (p < 0.001) at a 5% level of significance. All these factors had a positive coefficient which means students better on these factors on an average will tend to have better academic performance.

Conclusion: Study habits, motivation, and communication skills were found to have a significant effect on students’ SGPA. Therefore, we can conclude that at the master's level in IoST, TU, the primary determinants of students' SGPA are their characteristics such as their motivation, study habits, and communication skills.

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Published

2023-12-29

How to Cite

Tamang, S. ., & Khanal, S. P. (2023). Factors Affecting Academic Performance of M. Sc. Level Students at Tribhuvan University. Nepalese Journal of Statistics, 7(1), 19–32. https://doi.org/10.3126/njs.v7i1.61055

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