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Academic procrastination and academic performance: Do learning disabilities matter?

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The growing number of students with learning disabilities (LD) in higher education increases the need to understand and address the factors that affect their academic performance. One of these factors is academic procrastination, which affects over 70% of college students, including students with LD. The present study examined the relationship between academic procrastination and academic performance, and the moderating role of LD in this relationship. Findings showed a negative effect of academic procrastination on GPA, and more strongly for students with LD, indicating that a high-level of procrastination might be more harmful for these students’ academic performance. These initial findings contribute to the body of knowledge concerning students with LD in higher education. They emphasize the need to support students with LD in a manner that will address the specific difficulties that may lead to higher rates of procrastination and subsequently lower academic achievement.

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Goroshit, M., Hen, M. Academic procrastination and academic performance: Do learning disabilities matter?. Curr Psychol 40, 2490–2498 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-019-00183-3

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Keywords

  • Learning disabilities
  • GPA
  • Academic procrastination