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Abstract

The study explored the effect of Internet access on academic performance of Rhema University Students. The descriptive survey design was adopted with four (4) research questions that guided the study. 252 students of Rhema University who registered with the university library for the 2020/2021 academic session constituted the population of the study and they were all studied without sample as the population was manageable. The instrument for data collection was structured questionnaire which was administered to the respondents by the researcher. Out of 252 copies of questionnaire distributed, only 221 were returned and used for the study with 88% return rate. The collected data was analyzed using frequency counts and percentages. The findings of the study showed that majority of students have unlimited access to the Internet. Findings also revealed that students use the Internet to access general information; obtain course related information; download e-books and journals; network with friends and colleagues and also to send and receive e-mails. It was also discovered through this study that internet helps to keep students informed on the new trend across disciplines; Internet resources complements what is being taught in the classroom and also helps to improve students’ grade points. Finally, the result showed that slow Internet speed, lack of adequate provision of computers and poor computer skills are major problems encountered in the use of the Internet in the university library while respondents have no issue with the power supply. It was recommended that the university management should acquire high speed internet connection with maximum bandwidth in order to solve the problem of slow internet connectivity. Extensive training programmes should also be organized at regular intervals so that all categories of users can improve their efficiency in the use of the internet.

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