STUDY HABITS AS PREDICTORS OF STUDENTS’ ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN BASIC SCIENCE IN JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN IBARAPA CENTRAL LOCAL GOVERNMENT, OYO STATE
Adedokun, A; Ajibade, A. O; Popoola, O. J & Babatunde, J. A
Academic achievement of students at different level of education appears to be deteriorating every year. Several factors have been identified to be responsible for student’s poor performance in basic science at the secondary school level. This paper investigated study habits of students’ academic performance in basic science in public junior secondary schools in Ibarapa Central Local Government Area of Oyo State. Three research questions guided the study. Descriptive survey research design was adopted. The sample comprised six (6) junior secondary schools in the study area. The data was analysed using percentage analysis. The results showed that (44.17%) of the respondents spent a maximum of 2 hours to study while (28.33%) could study up to 6 hours. Also (68.33%) of the respondents studies best with their friends while (15.84%) of the respondents prefer to study alone. Further analysis showed that (15%) of the respondents were influenced by their peer group, family background and environment while (10%) of the respondents were influenced by interest, motivation and bad attitudes towards study. It was recommended that government should endeavour to make funds available for the provision of standard libraries.