Academic Procrastination Essay

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Putting off Until Tomorrow What is Better Done Today: Academic Procrastination as a Function of Motivation Toward College Work conducted by Sheila Brownlow and Renee D. Reasinger, was a study that looked at the impact of the two types of motivation, intrinsic and extrinsic, and personality variables such as perfectionism, locus of control, and fear of evaluation or failure on academic procrastination in college students. Specifically, the researchers hypothesized that the presence or lack of presence of important intrinsic and extrinsic rewards may determine whether or not procrastinatory academic behaviors will occur. The researchers also predicted that high procrastinators may fear failure which then leads to task avoidance, which then lowers self-esteem, and overall delays the…show more content…
Participants who were low procrastinators attributed their successes to their efforts. The results of the study indicated that motivation toward academic work and personality orientation does impact academic procrastination, which supports the original hypothesis. Researchers conclude that procrastinators have a hard time setting goals for themselves and self-regulating themselves, and must be externally motivated to complete work. Most parents and college professors believe that grades are important extrinsic motivators, but for students this statement may not be true especially if the student does not enjoy the task or is not intrinsically motivated. The study implies that grades are not as important of motivators as they seem, specifically because some do not recognize grades as a true gauge of their abilities, especially when grades are not consistently applied and professors vary in their grading practices. High procrastinators may judge academic work as a burden, which allows them to believe that their dislike for the work is a justification for their procrastinatory

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