RELEVANCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES STUDENTS IN NIGERIA: A STUDY OF NASSARAWA STATE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, AKWANGA
Mrs. Anyebe Ada
Reports of large scale academic failures among Nigerian students in collages of education have become a subject of concern for stakeholders today. Although, a lot have been written on otherfactors of study habitand academic performance of students in many areas but the effects of social media on academic performance of CRS students seems to be a neglected area. This study, therefore, attempted to isolate social media as a factor of study habit and examine its effects on the academic performance of CRS students in Nasarawa State College of Education, Akwanga. The following hypothesis that “there is no significant difference in the opinions of CRS students on the effects of social media on academic performance in Nasarawa State College of Education, Akwanga” guided the study. Primary data were used in the study which were collected through Study Habit Inventory. The primary data were analyzed using tables and simple percentages while independent t-test was employed to test the hypothesis. The results revealed that majority of CRS students at NCE level in Nasarawa State College of Education, Akwanga mismanaged the use of social media which was likely to have affected their academic performance. It was therefore recommended, among others, that the students should be educated on the proper use of social media.
KEYWORDS:Study habits, Academic performance, Networking, Time allocation, Time management, Student.