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Procrastination

With the packed schedule many college students carry, it can be easy to push assignments off until the last minute. Some projects may be put aside for others, or students might purposely ignore an assignment in favor of doing something else. Whatever the reason, procrastination can be avoided by following several tips. 

How to overcome procrastination:

  • Recognize self-defeating problems, such as fears and anxieties, poor time management, perfectionism, indecisiveness, and a difficulty concentrating
  • Identify your goals, strengths, and priorities
  • Sort out your priorities. What needs your attention first, and what can wait?
  • Set realistic goals. Don’t try to finish everything in one night of studying. Be reasonable.
  • Learn to use your time wisely. Studying in small blocks (with short breaks) instead of in long periods of time (with no breaks) is usually more effective.
  • Break large assignments into smaller, more manageable tasks.
  • Find a good study partner or a small study group for motivation
  • Keep a checklist or set a schedule of reminders
  • Make your environment study-friendly. Avoid noisy areas with lots of distractions or too many people. Make sure you have enough lighting. Double-check that you have all of your materials before sitting down to study; running back and forth to grab papers or equipment can break your concentration, and it might be harder to stay focused.
  • Try to study at a desk. Getting too comfortable can make focusing more difficult (and studying on a bed can be far too tempting!)
  • Keep your study area neat. A cluttered desk might just give way to more day dreaming!
  • Don’t forget to check assignments off your list as you complete them. Reward yourself, especially after extremely demanding tasks.  
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