Effects of Extracurricular on Academic Performance of Senior High School Students of Bestlink College of the Philippines: Toward a Guide
The word extracurricular is a combination of the prefix “extra,” which means “on the outside,” and “curriculum,” which translates to “a running course/career.” Extracurricular or extra academic activities are activities that are not included in the curriculum of the school. Involvement in extracurricular activities is beneficial in some ways for senior high school students. The results of this research showed that the students who are involved with extracurricular activities have chances of increasing brain function compared with those who are not involved. This kind of activity increases positive self-development regardless of the location of the activities. However, by getting involved in these activities, students can become detracted from their studies, lose focus, and become stressed from this burden, which is detrimental to their academic performance. This study used a descriptive method that was designed to the deficit the participant in an accurate way. The results of the study showed that participating in extracurricular activities improved the academic performance of the students. Some students were worried that participating in extracurricular activities may take away considerable time from their schoolwork, which is detrimental to their grades. However, extracurricular activities can improve their grades and outlook in school in general. The results also showed that participating in extracurricular activities can increase one's self-esteem. The more you succeed through activities that you are passionate about, the more your self-confidence will increase. The problems encountered included the sentiment of some students that participating in extracurricular activities may take away too much time to finish their seatwork, projects, etc. This research aims to determine and discuss the effects of extracurricular activities on the academic performance of senior high school students at Bestlink College of the Philippines. Specifically, this study sought to classify the respondents in terms of age, gender, grade level, and strands. The study also aimed to determine what are the extracurricular activities that the majority of the students are participating in and the benefits of participating in these activities. This study also aimed to determine the problems encountered by students joining extracurricular activities and how the findings can be utilized in making a guide to improve the academic performance of senior high school athletes.