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Association between Lifestyle and Higher Learning Students’ Academic Performance in Tanzania

Anna D. Fome
Leonce Leandry
Rasimu V. Ziya
Shadrack E. Mwakalinga
Nicholaus Mziray


This study sought to establish the correlation between students' lifestyles and academic performance through a cross-sectional design. The study involved a diverse student population, employing a questionnaire. Data analysis took place through descriptive and thematic approach. The study concludes that marital status, sexual activity and alcoholism did not have significant associations with academic performance. Spending more than two hours on the internet for socialization was associated with decreased likelihood of high academic performance. Neither living environment nor job status showed significant associations with high academic performance.  Based on the conclusions, students need a balanced internet usage. There is a need for students to regulate the time used for internet. Students have to use the internet for both academic and social purposes. While lifestyle components such as marital status, sexual activity, alcoholism and engagement in recreational activities do not have significant associations with academic performance, it is still essential for students to be aware of how their lifestyle choices may affect their academic achievement and social overall well-being. Finally, there is a need to create students’ awareness of recreational activities and academic success.

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