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Extracurricular Activities

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1. Introduction……………………………………………………………………………….3

2. Literature Review………………………………………………………………………….4

3. Survey Findings………………………………………………………………………….10

4. Analysis of Data…………………………………………………………………………15

5. Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………….17

6. References………………………………………………………………………………..18

Effect of Extracurricular Activities on Academic Performance at NSU Introduction
Music, volunteer work, community service, sports, debating, etc—all of these have an influence on how university students perform academically. The way students choose to spend their free time can affect their academic performance; it is not simply traditional in-class instruction that impacts academic achievement. “A study by the U. S. Department of Education revealed that students who participate in co-curricular activities are three times more likely to have a grade point average of 3.0 or better” than students who do not participate in co-curricular activities (Stephens & Schaben, 2002, para. 4). In addition to co-curricular or extracurricular activities, “analyses revealed that regardless of students’ background and prior achievement, various parenting, volunteering, and home learning activities positively influenced student grades” (Simon, 2001, para. 1). Numerous studies have examined the factors influencing students’ academic achievement, and many activities were found to have a significant influence. According to BUGS (Bringing Up Girls in Science), a program for young girls and their parents at the University of North Texas, “the home environment is among the most important influences on academic performance” (Bringing Up Girls in Science, 2003, para. 2). A correlation appears to exist between the activities that students choose outside of the classroom and their academic performance. One of the main controversies is the effect that television viewing of students has on their academic achievement. “The relationship between cognitive...