An Investigation into the Study Habits of Distance Learners: Implications for Guidance and Counseling Services

Beatrice Asante Somuah, Lydia Aframea Dankyi, Joyce Kwakyewa Dankyi


This study looked at the study habits of University of Cape Coast Distance Education learners in the Cape Coast Study Centre in the Central Region of Ghana. Descriptive survey design was used to conduct the study. Stratified and simple random sampling procedures were used to select 338 Business and Education distance learners. A self-designed questionnaire, which consisted of 40 items, was used to collect data from the respondents. Data collected was analysed by the use of descriptive (frequencies and percentages). The results of the study revealed that Distance Education students exhibit study habits such as reading while lying in bed, not being able to study for a minimum of three hours in a day, do not look for additional materials from the internet as well as reading over their notes before their next face-to-face meetings. It was found in the study that distance education students need guidance and counselling on time management, prioritizing their daily activities, as well as how to develop effective reading skills. It is therefore recommended that distance education students be provided with guidance and counselling on effective study habits as a support service.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n6p273

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