Judith Nesamalar*, Tan Poh Ling and Nallamai Singaram
Generally, many students discover that it is hard to find an equilibrium between their academic work and their day-to-day lives. With the COVID-19 pandemic, disruptions were seen in various aspects of life including the educational world. With the implementation of online learning, students needed to be more independent in their learning process and manage their own time effectively. This study intends to examine time management behaviour among undergraduate students during the shift in the teaching and learning process and environment at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Malaysia. A quantitative research method was adopted in this study, utilising online survey questionnaires. A total of 267 completed questionnaires were collected from university students. Using SPSS, the data was analysed using descriptive analysis and crosstabulation. The findings indicate that undergraduate students have moderate to poor time management behaviour, with females doing better in time planning compared to males. The findings also show that there is an association between time management and time attitude. This study highlights the capability of students in managing their time especially in the new teaching and learning environment. The results of the study also provide empirical evidence on teaching and learning in the new educational model amidst a global health crisis.
Keywords: COVID-19 pandemic, time management, time planning, time attitudes, time wasters, tertiary students