Data on the use of time were collected via a one-week time diary from 136 students enrolled in three agricultural economics courses at Ohio State University. Averagc hourly use of time per week for these students was: sleeping (55.3) studying (2 1.3), planned recreation/leisure (19.0), in-class ( l6.4), job (12.3). travel (l0.7),TV (10.3), eating (8. I), personal hysiene (7. I), student activities (3.6), telephone (1.4) and other (2.6). This time profile generally is similar to that of the American population, except that "being a student" is the primary job. Time spent on academics( in class and studying) exceeded other uses of time, excluding sleep. This suggests school was a top priority. Studying, recreation, job, TV, and student activities exhibited the most variation among the respondents. Advisors need to help students understand incongruities that exist between their objectives and allocation of time. No significant bivariate relationships were found between any time-use activity and quarter GPA. Thus, the relationship between time use and academic performance, if it exsists, is a complex interaction of multiple factors. This finding suggests that the simple advice of "study more" needs to be replaced with a richer set of recommendations based on research that seeks to understand how students use time and its relationship to performance.
time, undergraduate students