High Failure Rate in Mathematics Subjects: Influencing Factors and Study Styles

  • Zuraida Alwadood
  • Suhaila Abd Halim
  • Hanifah Sulaiman
  • Norlenda Mohd. Noor


The objectives of this study are to determine factors that contribute to the
Engineering Calculus subject failures and to analyse the study styles of
students taking this course. Based on the literature search, these factors
are categorised into three domains which are students’ attitude, students’
background and teacher-related factors. A survey research was done to a
sample of engineering degree students who are taking Engineering Calculus
subject at their third semester. It was found that non-systematic study style
is the greatest factor which has been claimed by the respondents as the
main reason for their failures. Besides this, a majority of the students are
comfortable with studying alone, as compared to taking part in study group
or seeking help from lecturers. These findings suggest that corrective actions
should be taken by the students, lecturers, as well as the faculty in order to
cope with the alarming failure rate of mathematics subject.

How to Cite
ALWADOOD, Zuraida et al. High Failure Rate in Mathematics Subjects: Influencing Factors and Study Styles. Social and Management Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 15, n. 2, p. 107-118, dec. 2018. ISSN 0128-1089. Available at: <https://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/SMRJ/article/view/5001>. Date accessed: 24 july 2024. doi: https://doi.org/10.24191/smrj.v15i2.5001.

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