“Even starring at a wall is more fun when you have an exam to study for”- Fighting Procrastination.

 


Many students choose to procrastinate rather than study because they find so many tasks so overwhelming. If you think you experience this, try breaking big projects down into smaller parts and tackling them step-by-step.

So you have an important test, major assignment or exam but instead of studying, you are checking your social media feeds, chilling with friends talking about how much work you have, procrastination is like a plague in students’ lives. Fear not because there are ways to fight it, here are some techniques.

 

Set your goals and schedules

Figure out what you need to do and how much time each task will take. It is important that you list them down with their corresponding times to help you stay on track, this also assists you remember everything you need to do.

Take baby steps

For instance, if you need to write an essay, instead of writing it all in one go, break it down into several steps. For example, researching the topic, organising notes, creating an outline, drafting the content, and then revising it.

 

Surround yourself with the right people

People we constantly hang out with can influence our behaviours, who you spend your time with can also affect your studies and how you behave. Surrounding yourself with go-getters and hard workers will most likely help you to get more motivated academically.

It’s helpful to “buddy up” with a study partner. When you’re feeling unmotivated, a “study buddy” can sometimes give you that push you need. The right campus friends can make studying more enjoyable and can even offer a new perspective, especially when you are having a hard time understanding course content.
Reward yourself

Hard work deserves a prize, so reward yourself after every accomplishment. A reward is a great way to boost your morale and keep you going. It could be anything, big or small, as long as it doesn’t distract you from completing your next study task!

 

Other ways are to work when you feel most alert and efficient, don’t stress too much, eat healthy & exercise.

 

 

By: Naledi Sikhakhane

 

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Article an extract from International Student Specialists https://www.idp.com/australia/blog/2016/11/29/stop-procrastination-when-studying

 

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