I start teaching my summer course on Tuesday, and I have two sections of 25 students each.
I sent the students their first email about the course this past Tuesday, providing them with information on how to register for the online component of the course as well making them aware that they have two assignments due prior to the start of class on Tuesday.
Since then, I have sent two more reminder emails, and at this point 44 out of the 50 students have successfully registered for the course, and half of those students have completed both assignments.
When I saw those numbers just a few minutes ago, I felt the need to send one more reminder, which I did. I want the students to get off to a good start in this intensive Summer Business Institute program which they are enrolled in.
But I am guessing, based on past experience, that there will still be one or two students who for some reason do not get the assignments completed on time.
Of course, I would be thrilled to be proven wrong, but even if I am, I’m left wondering why some students wait until the last minute to complete such tasks, or even worse, don’t complete them at all.
Why do the majority of the students take care of things in a timely manner, while a tiny minority just put things off?
I should note that I am not preaching or judging. I was, and still am on occasion, just like these procrastinating students.
I know that once we get rolling in the course, all of the students (well at least the vast majority) will be up to speed and on top of their assignments. We are blessed to have smart, ambitious students at Villanova, but there are typically those few who push deadlines to the last minute.
But until the course gets started, I’ll keep checking those registration numbers to see if we hit 100%.
It’s almost as fascinating as checking my blog stats…