Blad, E. (2017, August 09). The Unexpected Reason Some Students Procrastinate.

Some students engage in so-called self-handicapping behaviors not because they don’t care. Rather, those students care a great deal about success and they are trying to protect themselves from the negative emotions they might feel if they fail at an academic task. So they put off studying for the big test, giving themselves an excuse in advance for a low score. And they might not always realize why they are doing it.

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