Undergraduates’ Reading Habit: A Study Based on South Eastern University of Sri Lanka

இளங்கலை மாணவர்களின் வாசிப்புப் பழக்கம்: இலங்கை தென்கிழக்குப் பல்கலைக்கழகத்தை மையப்படுத்திய ஆய்வு

  • M M A Abdullah Specialization Student, Islamic Law and Legislation Unit, Department of Islamic Studies, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Oluvil, Sri Lanka https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5022-2806
  • M Y M Farhan Department of Islamic Studies, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
  • S M M Mazahir Senior Lecturer, Department of Islamic Studies, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
Keywords: South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, reading, reading habit, undergraduate students


Reading makes a man perfect and it is very essential component to University students. Hence, students face various obstacles in developing reading habits. Therefore, with the aim of assessing students’ reading habits and identifying the changes and the factors infl uenced when they pursue education through online learning tools due to corona fears, the study was conducted with second year students of Department of Islamic Studies of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka. For this study, which was carried out using quantitative research methods, a fi lled questionnaire was obtained as primary data from 121 of the 174 students studying in the year through Google Forms, analyzed through MS Excel and the results were described. Secondary data such as research articles, journals, and web articles related to the topic were also used. At the end of the study, it was found that students’ reading habit was healthy, the amount of time they spent on daily reading varied, their reading habits have declined due to continuing education through online from home and factors such as lack of library, diffi culty in reading on electronic devices, home works, social media, laziness, workload, sleepiness and increase in data cost have more infl uence on their reading decline, they have the habit of reading from both hard and soft sources, most of them use their smartphones to read the soft copy, while reading through electronic devices they face various problems such as not being able to read for a long time, headache, numbness like reading a book in hand, boredom, inability to read small letters, wasting more time and forgetting easily,. The conclusion of this study was that the continuation of educational activities from home had a negative impact on the reading habits of the students for various reasons. However, the positive change in their reading habits after entering university has been a motivating force for them to continue reading under any circumstances. At the same time, where guidance is provided to overcome challenges, they face in developing reading habits, further positive improvements can be expected in their reading habits.

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