Study habits of Nigerian university students

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Research and Development in Higher Education: Quality Conversations Vol. 25

July, 2002, 794 pages
Published by
Tony Herrington
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The purpose of this study is to investigate the study habits of university students in Nigeria. The sample consists of 441 education students chosen from four federally owned universities in Nigeria. They responded to a 35 item (3 – point scale) questionnaire which elicited students’ study habits. Time put into studies, method used in studying and contents of studies were used as the frame of reference for measuring study habits. Descriptive analysis of data showed that students put some reasonable length of time into reading; some students used memorization technique; majority of the students depended on their course hand- outs or lecture notes as the main sources of information and read mostly for the purpose of passing examinations or tests. They read to absorb information as given by their lecturers and not necessarily to search for new or additional information. It was concluded that although university students in Nigeria read mostly for the purpose of passing examinations and they do not seem to pursue their studies correctly and thoroughly, they were found to be diligent. Some recommendations were made as to how to make university education in Nigeria more beneficial.

Keywords: Undergraduates' study habits.

Study habits of Nigerian university students

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Nneji, L.