The study is about the ‘study habits of students of Rasmussen College. Study habits include areas like internet reading, book reading, reading from notes or other materials, reading during day or night etcetera. However, in order to better understand it, I can address a precise aspect of the study or simply formulate a hypothesis, like
Most of the students prefer to read from internet.
Doing research about the study, survey method would be a suitable one. Case study and experimental methods or more than one method (say survey and experimental method) can also be suitable for the study but, I would like to use the survey method. Its application would help to address the basic research need (Groves, 1989). The application of this method would likely make collection of data much easy and appropriate. Questionnaires, interviews and non-response follow up techniques would be used for the data collection. However, the questionnaires and interviews would provide me with enough data to do a dependable study of the college students regarding their study habits. From the collected data, it would be easy to observe the prevalent study habits of the students through research findings. Furthermore, it would address the hypothesis of the research in an appropriate manner. The findings are the results that a research reveals through the application of an appropriate research method (in this case the survey method).
However, there can be some drawbacks to the method. The questionnaires may not be returned back by the respondents or there may be some bias with the interviewer etcetera (Tourangeau and Yan, 2007).
The study would be helpful in many ways to the Rasmussen College. The college administration would get to know the likes, dislikes and priorities of the students towards their studies. It would help the college to find the immediate education needs of its students. The study would contribute to the development of the college by highlighting the issues that need to deal with.
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