Eighty-seven percent of high school and college students are self-proclaimed procrastinators

Top distractions include watching television or movies, using social media and sleeping

May 27, 2014, 08:12 ET from StudyMode

LOS ANGELES, May 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- StudyMode, an ed-tech company dedicated to helping students succeed in school, today announced the results of its "Student Psyche Report" on procrastination, which asked approximately 1,300 high school and college students about their study habits. The findings show that procrastination is widespread, with 87 percent saying they procrastinate, and that it's affecting their performance—45 percent report procrastination negatively impacts their grades on at least a fairly regular basis.

"Our quarterly Student Psyche Reports help us understand what makes students tick," said Blaine Vess, co-founder and CEO of StudyMode. "Most of us remember waiting until the last minute to study for a test or write a paper, so we wanted to learn how and why today's students procrastinate. Understanding the causes of procrastination is the first step toward teaching better study habits."

StudyMode's research found that writing papers poses the biggest time-management challenge for students. When asked whether they are most likely to procrastinate on a paper, studying for a test or working on a group project, more than half of high school students (53 percent) and more than two-thirds of college students (69 percent) selected papers. In fact, more than half (51 percent) of all students surveyed said they're most likely to finish a paper the night before it's due, and 7 percent said they're likely to need an extension.

Across all students surveyed, watching television or movies comes in at No. 1 on the list of things they're most likely to do instead of studying, followed by using social media. Female high school students are most likely to spend their time on social media (67 percent say it's one of the activities they're most likely to do instead of their schoolwork), while playing games instead of studying is most prevalent among male high school students (59 percent). In college, watching TV or movies and using social media are joined by a good nap, with 56 percent of female college students and 45 percent of male college students listing sleep as one of the things they're most likely to do when they should be studying.

Other StudyMode Student Psyche Report findings include:

  • Across all age brackets, male students are more likely than female students to put off their school assignments; a whopping 92 percent of male college students say they procrastinate
  • Distraction is the most common reason for procrastination—48 percent say it's why they procrastinate—followed by feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start (40 percent)
  • Almost 8 out of 10 college students (79 percent) say they've pulled at least one all-nighter to finish an assignment this school year; so have two-thirds of high school students (66 percent)

For the complete report, contact Danica Ross at Danica@StudyMode.com or 310-612-9292.

In May 2014, StudyMode surveyed approximately 1,300 student members. The sample set represents males and females ranging from high school through college. Approximately 47 percent of respondents indicated they were in high school; 53 percent indicated college. Respondents were predominantly female (62 percent).

About StudyMode Student Psyche Reports
Each month, StudyMode serves more than 90 million visitors. StudyMode's relationship with this expansive student base puts it in a unique position to glean important insights into the lives and psyches of the student population. Such insights can provide educators, parents and mentors with an important understanding of students' values and priorities. StudyMode Student Psyche Reports are published several times a year. Topics vary and are selected to generate compelling information to enlighten the adult population about the true nature of students.

About StudyMode
StudyMode provides a network of practical online learning tools and apps to help students succeed. The flagship site, StudyMode.com, allows students to share and review study materials such as research documents, book notes and AP notes. Other sites in the network include Cram.com, where students can create, share and study flashcards. Founded in 1999, StudyMode's international network features more than 15 properties and reaches 90 million visitors per month.

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