Influence of Study Habits on Academic Performance among Undergraduate Students at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi: Counselling Intervention

By Dr Muhammad Adam, Dr Balarabe Yushau & Prof Ibrahim Mohammed Danjuma


The study sought to determine the influence of study habits on academic performance among undergraduate students. Causal comparative design was adopted as the design for this study. The population of the study constitutes of 23,271 undergraduate students from the seven Faculties of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi. A proportionate stratified sampling technique was employed in selecting 1,200 students as sample of this study. An instrument on Study Habit titled “A Study Habit Questionniare for Predicting Academic Success” was adopted from previous studies relevant to the current research and was used for data collection. The academic performance was measured using students’ Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA). The data were analysed using simple regression. Findings from the study show that there was a significant influence of study habits on academic performance of undergraduate students of ATBU, Bauchi. It was recommended that students, especially the low performing ones, need counselling to improve their study habits. Also, group discussion among the students will go a long way in assisting them to learn and understand the basic rudiments of good study habits in tertiary institutions.

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