Study Habits, Academic Motivation and Adjustment in University Students

Author: Bushra Sahar 

Supervisor: Ms. Afifa Anjum

Degree: Msc

Year: (2010-2012)

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The purpose of the study was to investigate the effect of study habits and academic motivation on adjustment of two groups of students, semester II and semester VIII of BS (Hons) at university. The sample consisted of 115 students of semester II (n = 58) and VIII (n = 57) of BS (hons.) from different departments of the University of Punjab, Lahore. The sample was taken by using non-probability purposive sampling strategy. Two self-constructed questionnaires. Study Habits Questionnaire and Student Adjustment Questionnaire were used to assess Study Habits and Adjustment of students at university respectively. Academic Motivation Scale, developed by Center of Inquiry, Wabash College (2011), was used to assess Academic Motivation of students. T-test analysis revealed no significant difference between the all variables in two semesters. Hierarchical Multiple Regression analysis was carried out to the find out the effect of study habits and academic motivation on adjustment. Analysis revealed that study habits, gender, GPA and interaction of academic motivation and semester were positive predictor of adjustment of students. Repeated measure ANOVA was carried out to find out the comparison between subscales of adjustment. Results showed that that academic adjustment, social adjustment and personal emotional adjustment of students is better than attachment. Present study is important in the Field of Educational Psychology and helps out parents and institutions to make academic environment better and adaptable for the students.

Keywords: academic motivation, adjustment, environment, study habits.

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