It’s that time of year again and I’m not talking about the Holidays. It’s that horrible time at the end of the semester where all you can think about is the mountain of things you need to study and the projects to do, but all you can seem to do is procrastinate. It’s time for finals.
Here are my tips for reducing or limiting procrastination during finals:
1. Take regular breaks when you study. It’s okay to take a break. It makes it seem like you haven’t been sitting around studying forever. For every hour I study, I give myself a 45 minute break. If the material is really boring and putting me to sleep, I study for 45 minutes and take an hour break. But it’s ultimately up to you to decide how much studying you can take at a time.
2. Take days off. If you take every other day or every few days off from studying. You will be more likely to actually study. You won’t be as overwhelmed and be well rested.
3. Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask your professors questions if you don’t understand something. If you don’t feel comfortable asking your professor, find out if any of the other people in your class have formed a study group or if there is a tutor that can help you.
4. Prepare for tests and projects in advance. At the beginning of the semester your professor probably gave you a syllabus letting you know when things are due. The best thing you can do is use it. If you know that you have a test in a week start studying now and not wait till the last-minute.
5. Stay positive. Stress tends to bring out the worst in people and you may find yourself at the verge of an emotional breakdown. When you are overwhelmed with school and all the work you have to do, everything always seems worse than it actually is. As a result you might find yourself increasingly irritable. This is when you want to stay positive. Sometimes talking to a friend or family member can help eliminate some of the built up stress and anxiety.
6. Disconnect is okay. Sure Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat are great ways to stay connected with friends and family, but they are also potential distractions. I’m not saying that a complete disconnect from the internet or all things technological is necessary, you do need to have a certain level of self-control during finals. What is really important is knowing how much social media contributes to your procrastination habits.
7. Rest. Sure studying isn’t very action-packed, but it takes a lot of thinking, effort and concentration. Give yourself a break to relax and unwind while studying.
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