The reported study habits and time-management trends of post-graduate students in accountancy

J.P. Fouché


The objective of this paper is to analyse the learning environment of honours chartered accountancy students with the specific focus of identifying their learning activities and time-management. A survey was conducted at a university in South Africa after initial focus group interviews. The results indicated that the students feel busy, stressed and overwhelmed. Bad study habits, that have a significant negative relationship with performance, include not doing homework, not participating in class, watching too much TV, often looking at a phone, jumping around between activities and procrastination. Good study habits like doing homework, class participating, being able to manage time, being focused and working hard at undergraduate level showed a significant positive correlation with performance.  Clearly more can and should be done to support these students with developing more efficient study habits.


learning environment; post-graduate accounting students; learner support; time-management; accountancy education; study habits

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