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ELT Journal, 39(2), 76-87. Asian EFL Journal, Volume 8, Number 4 51 Trueman, M. and Hartley, J. (1996). A comparison between the time-management skills and academic performance of mature and traditional-entry university students. Higher Education, 32, 199-215. Wilson, A. (1992). The promise of situated cognition. In S. ), An update on adult learning theory (pp. 71-80). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Willmot, L. and Lloyd, P. (2002). Improving the support and retention of students: A case study. uk/embedded_object.

The data were analysed qualitatively, using the coding system (Robson, 1993). g. teachers, other students, classroom activities, social activities, etc. that the students were asked to write about in the questionnaire, were used as codes for identifying particular responses. The information the respondents provided was combined into categories. This facilitated a simple description of data (Robson, 1993). All the responses of one category were copied onto a master paper. This minimized possible information loss (Robson, 1993) and ensured that all students' views provided in the questionnaires were accounted for.

Responses to Asian EFL Journal, Volume 8, Number 4 41 open-questions are most likely to reflect accurately what the respondent wants to say (Nunan, 1992). A questionnaire was preferred to interviews in order to involve a large number of students shich would have been practically impossible to interview (Kormos et al, 2002). The questionnaire also gives privacy to participants, especially when identity is not required and the researcher's direct interaction is minimized, thereby encouraging participants to express themselves freely (Robson, 1993).

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