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Bautista, Adrian Mirhan, Charlene

Brillantes, Michael Yodong, Justin


Madlansacay, Michael SA 21 - C

Time Travelling: A study of what prevents


students from being punctual.
Tardiness is a major problem facing the Ateneo today. For one reason or another, students do not
come to class at the appointed time. Most students have valid and plausible reasons for being late, such
as distance, or traffic. But others are late for no reason other than they overslept. Still, tardiness isn’t good
to begin with, so this study aims to take a look at what makes students late. This study would be useful
for trying to formulate solutions to curb if not totally, then at least partially, the trend of tardiness. Part of
trying to solve a problem comes from identifying the root causes, and this study aims to do just that.

RESEARCH PROBLEM
Punctuality is a major problem in school. Not only are the people who live far away from Ateneo
De Manila University affected, but even students who live real close by or in the dorms are also having
problems with punctuality.So is there a deeper reason for this trend other than the distance travelled?

OBJECTIVES
1. This research aims to see the reason why Ateneo college students are tardy for class.

2. it also aims to see which factor has a greater effect on punctuality: distance, interest, or sleep
deprivation.

3. Look for significant Statistics that can lead to categorizing Ateneans in relation to their punctuality

ASSUMPTIONS

The most probable reason why Ateneans are late for class is because they live far away from the
school. It is then assumed that distance from home to school has a direct influence on punctuality. A
person who lives within the Katipunan area, which is where ADMU is located, has a more likely chance of
not being tardy for class. On the other hand, for those who live far from Katipunan, they will have a higher
chance of being late.

Concerning those who are late, yet live nearby, miscalculation of time, or a false sense of security
in living so close to school that they forget to leave in time is a probable cause. People who live close by
assume that they have all the time in the world to go to school because they are practically either living
inside the school grounds, or live right next door.
Another assumption is that there is a lack of interest in actually going to school. Especially for
those who have to wake up early for class, there may be little drive or incentive for them to get up and
thus they are not that bothered to get to school on time.

METHODOLOGY ( INDEPENDENT AND DEPENDENT VARIABLE, RESEARCH METHOD USED)

To gather the required data, a survey was conducted online, due to time constraints, and lack of
school days. The survey was given to 50 random students within the ADMU, from freshmen, to seniors. It
was a short survey with two characteristic questions, followed by three substantive questions. Here is the
breakdown:

Characteristic questions:
1) Do you live w/in the Katipunan area?
2) Based on your answer to the previous question, how do you go to school? (carpool, commute, private
transport, or walking)

3) What are your activities on a regular school night and how many hours of sleep do you get before
school?

4) How many times within the semester were you tardy?

5) In a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, how interested are you in your studies/going to school?

A further question asking for the name was given, though more of as a formality than anything else.

ANALYSIS

Student Groups classified according to modes of transportation to school and the number of times they
are tardy during one semester

0-4 times 5-9 times 10-14 times 15++ times

Commuters 7 4 1 1

Carpoolers 6 1

Personal vehicle user 18 6 2

Walking to school people 6 1 1 1

Student Groups classified according to whether they live in katipunan area or not and the number of times
they are tardy during one semester
0-4 times 5-9 times 10-14 times 15++ times

Katipunan resident 10 3 1 1

Non-Katipunan resident 27 8 1 4
Student Groups classified according to modes of transportation to school and their level of interest in
going to school in a scale of 1 to 10
4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Commuters 1 1 3 4 2

Carpoolers 5 1 1 1

Personal vehicle user 1 4 9 11

Walking to school people 3 4 2

Student Groups classified according to whether they live in katipunan or not and their level of interest
in going to school in a scale of 1 to 10
4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Katipunan resident 5 6 6

Non-Katipunan resident 1 2 11 8 13 3

Common night activities and rituals of Ateneans:

>Doing school related tasks (e.g. Home works, advance reading, org works)
>Surf the Internet; use social networking sites
>Hanging out with family and/or friends
>Sports training
>Watch TV; play PSP/computer games

Ateneans’ length of sleep ranges from 2 to 8 hours, averaging to 5 hours

Based on the survey,


>there are rare cases of extreme tardiness. Most Ateneans are still punctual.
>majority of Ateneans surveyed are personal vehicle users (45.5 %); Atenean commuters comprise 20%
of the population; 20% of Ateneans also walk to school and lastly 14.5% are carpoolers.
>Activities such as sports training are defining factor since these Ateneans are the people who are most
of the time tardy.
>Sleep deprived Ateneans still have less tendency to be tardy.
CONCLUSION

Interest in school does not play a major part in being tardy. Most of the respondents are
interested in school, it’s just that other factors such as distance affect them.
Even if an Atenean lives in Katipunan area, which implies that home to school distance is
short, there is still cases of tardiness among these student group.

GENERALIZATION

Interest does not really play a part in the occurence of tardiness. People are interested in
going to school, but other factors such as distance affect them.

RECOMMENDATIONS

> it is better to give questionnaires wherein the respondents will just have to tick boxes and
choices are enumerated.

> Questions need to be more specific, so are the answers to them.

> Be ready with back up respondents, or do not take EXACTLY the amount of respondents
specified. Make room for errors, in our case, three extra respondents to choose from.