School Motivation and Learning Strategies and College Readiness of Senior High School Graduates in the Philippines


  • Febe Marl G. Paat



School Motivation; Learning Strategies; College readiness; K-12 graduates; Senior high school graduates


This study presents a new perspective as it makes the premise that college preparedness is related to the cognitive ability of graduates of senior high schools (SHS). It seems to imply that factors other than cognitive ability may impact the preparation of high school graduates for college. In this study, a descriptive-correlation design was used to validate the relationship between school motivation and learning strategies and college readiness of 7,384 K-12 graduates senior high school graduates from public and private schools in the north-eastern part of the Philippines. These graduates came from public and private schools in the north-eastern part of the Philippines. According to the findings, students who graduate from grades K-12 and senior high schools are typically eager to learn and have developed their own learning techniques. Additionally, a considerable majority of them are not prepared academically for college. The examination of the link reveals that the majority of the aspects of academic motivation and learning techniques have a constructive connection to the level of preparedness of high school graduates for college. On the other hand, a substantial inverse
connection was shown to exist between being prepared for college and test anxiety. Notably, the influence of these non-cognitive characteristics on college preparedness is just as significant as the influence of intellectual talents. Because of this, it is extremely important that teachers and managers of schools that provide the K-12 program give children opportunity to develop further not only their intellectual capabilities but also their non-cognitive qualities in order to get them ready for college study.