Extracurriculars Survey

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We chose extracurriculars as our survey subject. The reason being is, we were curious to see how extracurriculars affected the students’ sleep and academics. A study similar to ours is, "The Importance of Extracurricular Activities for Teens". In the report it shows how teens that are involved in extracurriculars have higher academic scores than those who exclude themselves from extracurricular activities. We created a survey by splitting up our tabulations into male and female categories ages 16-18. We had a total of 115 students take the survey.

The second question asked in our survey asked, “Are you in any extracurricular activities?”. 73% of females in psychology classes said they are involved in extracurricular activities in some
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69% of males are enrolled in honors and or college classes and 31% said that they were not. 80% of females answered that they were apart of honors or college courses, 17% answered that they were not, and 1% chose not to answer. The majority of both female and male psychology students are involved in more rigorous classes, examples include honors and college classes.

We then asked what range their GPA lands in. 28% of males and 47% of females said between a 3.5 to 4.0. 38% of males and 17% of females are between 3.0 and 3.4. 23% of males and 28% of females land in the range of 2.5 to 2.9. 8% of males and 3% of females have a GPA of 2.0 to 2.4. And, 5% of males and 4% of females have below a 2.0. These grades can relate to what classes they are taking . We can see that from the previous question. In the study we found similar to ours show that students have higher academics than those who are
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44% of males and 38% of males believe it hurts their grades . 46% and 50% of females believe it helps their grades. 13% of males and 9% of females did not answer this question . The numbers are very close for the answers. The students may believe that it hurts their grades because extracurriculars take up potential study and homework time.

Next we asked on if the students who are involved in extracurriculars are forced to have good grades in order to participate. 49% of males and 46% of females say yes to this question . 36% of both female and male state no. 18% of male and 17% of female did not answer this question. Going back to the Iowa study, the students that are involved in extracurriculars and have high grades may be because having a certain GPA may be required to participate.

In the eighth question, 62% of males have said they had cheated to keep their grades, while 39% of females say they haven’t. This shows that most students are more concerned about their grades than what they actually learn in the class. According to a study at Harvard, cheating has been an increasing epidemic, even among high achieving students. Thus, proving furthermore, that students cheat to keep their grades or thrive to
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