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Factors that can affect a student's academic performance
by Jamie Valmon
May 23, 2011

There are many intelligent children who do not perform well in school, not because they cannot comprehend classroom lessons, but because of external factors that affect their academic success.Lack of sleep means lack of attentionWaking up early for school has recently been acknowledged as a reason why students are not performing to the best of their ability. Sleepy students are less likely to pay attention to their teachers. Across the U.S country, schools on average begin around 7 am. However, the study, led by a Brown University professor, discovered that students perform better later in the day for biological reasons. The article states that specific high schools that started later saw an improvement in their students’ academic achievement simply because they were able to wake up later.

According to CDC physical activity can also enhance students performance. The brain is sharpened with physical exercise in the same way muscles are strengthened.They also conducted a study regarding the correlation of academic achievement and physical activity. In recent years, physical education class has either been decreased or eliminated entirely from schools. A little more than half of U.S. high school students, according to the study, reported to participate in physical education at least once a week, while 30 percent of high school students reported to participate daily.

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