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3 Reasons Students Procrastinate—and How to Help Them Stop

Edutopia – Youki Terada

“Leonardo da Vinci spent nearly 16 years painting the Mona Lisa—and never completed it. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams famously wrote, “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” And Frank Lloyd Wright spent a mere two hours designing Fallingwater—after delaying for nine months. “Procrastination is extremely prevalent,” Piers Steel, a business professor at the University of Calgary, noted in a 2007 study. “Estimates indicate that 80 to 95 percent of college students engage in procrastination, approximately 75 percent consider themselves procrastinators, and almost 50 percent procrastinate consistently and problematically.” If you’re a middle or high school teacher, it’s likely that you have procrastinators in your class—students who consistently wait until the last minute to turn in their assignments, or put off studying until the night before a test.” (more)

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