Mathematics Performance of Secondary School Student

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Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, 2007, 3(4), 363-370

Correlates of Academic Procrastination and Mathematics Achievement of University Undergraduate Students
Mojeed Kolawole Akinsola
University of Botswana, Gaborone, BOTSWANA

Adedeji Tella
Osun State College of Education; Ila-Orangun, NIGERIA

Adeyinka Tella
University of Botswana, Gaborone, BOTSWANA
Received 3 November 2006; accepted 19 April 2007

Procrastination is now a common phenomenon among students particularly those at the higher level. And this is doing more harm to their academic achievement than good. Therefore, this study examined the correlates between academic procrastination and mathematics achievement among the university mathematics
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This is confirmed by the observation by (Ferrari and Beck, 1998) that over 70% of college students engaged in frequent academic procrastination, most commonly with writing term papers. Procrastination is probably the single most common time management problem (Learning Common Fastfacts Series, 2004). One basic thing about procrastination is that everyone procrastinates to some extent. However, some reasons can be put forward why university students rank highly among those mostly vulnerable to procrastination (Learning Commons Fastfacts Series, 2004). The reasons according to this group are: (i) there is always a tremendous amount of work to do. Regardless of how much time the students spend studying, it can seem impossible to get finished; (ii) for most students, only a few hours each day are spent in class and labs. The majority of time is unstructured, and students are responsible for deciding what to do and when to do it; and (iii) in the university environment, particularly in residence, there is usually something more enjoyable to do than studying. Many activities compete for a limited number of hours in a week, and studying is often pushed to the bottom of the list. It also recognized that many mathematics students refer to the subjects as being difficult. And the (Learning Commons Fastfacts Series, 2004) have already asserts that procrastination often results
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