the following paragraphs:
One reason for poor academic performance is
procrastination. Maureen, like most
college students, intends to begin studying for a test as soon as the professor
announces the date, but on Monday a friend asks Maureen to drive her to the
mall. On Tuesday, she decides that
a little nap would refresh her mind and help her study, but by the time she
wakes up, itís bedtime. Every
college student knows that Wednesday is hump day, the day to celebrate getting
halfway through the week. Studying
is certainly no way to celebrate that important event.
By Thursday, Maureen knows that she is going to have to cram for the
test, so she stays awake most of the night.
On Friday, when she is ready to take her test, her mind is a tangle of
unrelated information, none of which the professor asks for on the test.
It is hardly surprising that the Maureens on a college campus are barely
getting by where grades are concerned.
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