MOTIVATION AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS IN THE JOSE MARIA COLLEGE
The study was to determine the relationship between the level of motivation and academic performance among the college students of Jose Maria College. The respondents were 134 college students. The level of motivation indicators were: self-oriented motivation, parent-oriented motivation, teacher-oriented motivation, peer-oriented motivation, and school environment-oriented motivation. While, the academic performance focused on the first semester general point average of the school year 2014- 2015. Using descriptive correlation method with descriptive statistics and Pearson r, it was established in the study that there was no significant relationship between the two variables implying that the academic performance of the students were not dependent on the level of motivation of the college students. However, it was revealed that self-oriented motivation had a low correlation between the academic performance. Thus, the self-oriented motivation of the respondents did affect their academic performance. The important contribution of this study was the significance of improving the motivation and academic performance of College students. Findings suggested that the institution needed to have an additional research that should investigate potential correlations between General Point Average (GPA) and the level of motivation, conduct a study using a focus group discussion and key informant interviews and to formulate a mentoring program that would aim to provide guidance as they face challenges in college life. Furthermore, recommendation stated that instructors in the College consider improving teaching strategies and techniques to increase the students’ motivation and academic performance.