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Obadara, O.E & Olaopa, S.O. (2017) Social Media Utilization, Study Habit and Undergraduate Students’ Academic Performance in a University of Education in Nigeria. Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Abstract

This paper examined the correlation between social media utilisation, study habit and undergraduate students’ academic performance in Tai Solarin University of Education, Ogun State, Nigeria. The study used descriptive survey design. A sample of 2 departments from each of the 4 colleges existed in the university in 2012/2013 session was drawn using simple random sampling technique, Also, a sample 2905 students out 9692 students in the university during the academic session under study was drawn using purposive sampling technique. This comprised the total number of students in all the Departments sampled. The study developed and used a questionnaire tagged “Social Media Utilisation and Study Habit Questionnaire (SMUSHQ)” with correlation coefficient (r) of 0.79. The final year results of the sampled students were used to assess their academic performance (2015/2016 session). The descriptive statistics of frequency count and simple percentage were used for the research questions generated, while inferential statistic of Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation coefficient was employed to analyse the data, and the null hypotheses developed for the study were tested at 0.05 level of significance. The findings revealed that undergraduate students displayed high level of utilisation of social media and there was relatively low study habit pattern of undergraduate students. social media utilisation has significant relationship with study habits of undergraduate students r = .345; (p < 0.01); social media utilisation has significant relationship with undergraduate students’ academic performance r = .547; (p < 0.01) and study habit has significant relationship with undergraduate students’ academic performance. r = .448; (p < 0.01).It is therefore recommended among others that seminars and conferences should be organised by Univeristy management for students on the significance of social media to academic attainment and also reinforce the adverse effects its abuse could have on undergraduate students academic performance. Also, latest electronic books and databases on varying disciplines should be procured by the University while proper orientation on effective utilization of such media should be provided.

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