Reflecting on Research: Is On Campus Living Really Worth It?

You might have read my research proposal a few weeks ago, stating that I was to conduct research on how a student’s living arrangements can affect their grades and study habits at university.

My research was conducted over the span of 2 weeks and gathered survey results from 10 respondents.

The findings of my research do suggest a correlation between the living arrangements of students and their grades and study habits, however the small sample size limited the strength of the findings.

I felt a survey was the right research method for this assessment, it allowed me to gather information quickly and in an easily analyzed format. In terms of the scope of my research I think the sample size was too small to gain an accurate representation of the students.

Like prior research had suggested, students who live closer to the university receive better grades and engage more in study and study programs. This could be because they are able to access university offered study programs more easily than those who commute or live further away from the university.

If I were to undertake this research again on a larger scale, I would use a larger sample size for more accurate results. I would also rewrite the survey to include a few more questions to better understand the data I am gathering, and I would make sure my questions are more specific in terms of what they’re asking, to ensure my data is relevant to the topic of study.

Here is what my research found:

  • The respondents who live within walking distance to the university receive the highest average grades. However, there is not a huge difference between grades amongst all respondents.
  • Respondents who live in Wollongong, but not close enough to walk to university receive the lowest average grades. Again, there is not a huge difference between grades amongst all respondents.
  • Respondents who live within walking distance to university are more likely to feel their living arrangement is an appropriate environment for study, followed by those who live in Wollongong but not close enough to walk.
  • Respondents who live in Wollongong, but not close enough to walk to university and those who commute for university, are less likely to engage in university offered study programs or tutoring.
  • Students who live on Campus in Student Accommodation engage in more self -directed study than the other respondents. However, there is not a large difference between respondents.
  • Respondents who live in Wollongong, but not close enough to walk are more likely to feel there is a strong correlation between their living arrangement and study habits, followed by commuters and those who live within walking distance to the university.
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