This study examines the impact of the Big Five Personality Traits on students’ academic performance. It is extremely important for academic institutions and employing organizations to acknowledge the connection between career counseling and students’ education, values, and goals. As long as students are provided with influential career and academic counseling, they can overcome many challenges they face on their academic journey. The main objective of this paper is to determine if the Big Five Personality Test can be used as a tool to predict students’ academic performance.
The study conducts a literature review on the Five-Factor Personality Test and its connection to academic performance. The model in question is considered to be “the most comprehensive framework for understanding personality and its traits” and includes “openness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, extraversion and agreeableness” (John et al., 2020, p. 11). Although the research has revealed a connection between the model and academic performance, the validity of the test is complex. The views on the question of which elements of the model should act as the key personality traits differ. Most researchers agree that openness, conscientiousness, and agreeableness are the key elements, and neuroticism appears to have a negative influence on academic performance and students’ motivation to learn.
The authors suggest using the results of their research to analyze students’ strengths and weaknesses and provide them with guidance. Even though the study participants were students from different degree programs and courses, the results they demonstrated were surprisingly consistent. Thus, openness, conscientiousness, and agreeableness were the most influential factors in academic performance. The study’s main limitation is that it was conducted within a single university.
John, R., John, R., & Rao, Z. R. (2020). The Big Five Personality Traits And Academic Performance. Journal of Law & Social Studies (JLSS), 2(1), 10-19.