Relationship between University Students’ Study Habits and Academic Achievement in Mathematics in Rivers State, Nigeria

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ STUDY HABITS AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN MATHEMATICS IN RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA

Dr. GEORGE, Nchelem Rosemary

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS/STATISTICS

IGNATIUS AJURU UNIVERSITY OF EDUCATION

RUMUOLUMENI, PORT HARCOURT

Email: george.nchelem@iaue.edu.ng       Phone: +234 803 8744 877

Abstract

This study was titled relationship between university students’ study habits and academic achievement in mathematics in Rivers State, Nigeria. Five research questions and five null hypotheses were answered and tested respectively. A sample of 214 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science in Education first year undergraduate students was drawn from a population of 456 students from the three Universities in Rivers State, Nigeria. The correlational survey design was used to conduct the study. A 25-item students’ study habit questionnaire and students’ mathematics grade inventory were the instruments used to collect. The two instruments were validated and the test retest method was used to establish a reliability coefficient of 0.76 and 0.81 for the questionnaire and mathematics grade inventory respectively. The five study habits investigated were students’ attendance to lecture, note taking during lecture, efficiency in delivery of assignment, commitment to personal preparatory studies and use of library facilities for mathematics studies. The linear regression statistical tool was used for the analysis of data. The findings showed that there was a strong and positive relationship between each of the study habits variables considered in this study. The finding also showed that there a significant relationship between each of the students study habits considered in this investigation and the academic achievement of students in mathematics. It was concluded that students’ study habit is a very high predictor of students’ academic achievement in first year students mathematics courses.

Keywords: Mathematics, Students, Study Habits, Performance, University.

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George, N.R (2021). Relationship between University Students’ Study Habits and Academic Achievement in Mathematics in Rivers State, Nigeria. International Journal of Advanced Academic Research, 7(12), pp155-167. Available online at: https://www.ijaar.org/articles/v7n12/sms/ijaar-v7n12-Dec21-p71266.pdf.

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