How Not To Procrastinate In The Fall

Have you ever been given an assignment at the beginning of the semester that was due at the end and you didn’t start it until the night before?  These tips will not only help you pass your classes but help you to succeed in them.  Here are a few tips that will help to keep you from procrastinating so badly.

1.  Buy a planner – Go through your syllabus at the beginning of the semester and write down the dates that everything is due.  Make a habit to look at it at least once a day so you don’t lose track of assignments.  Many people procrastinate because they simply forget about it.

2.  Make your own “due date” – If you know your assignment isn’t due for a while make a date that is at least a week before the actual due date and “due” it then.  This will also give you some extra time to tweak it and turn in the best possible work.

3.  Find a quiet place – Don’t do your work around friends or in your room where you know there are distractions.  Instead go to one of those back tables in the library where you can be alone with your assignment.  Leave your phone and your ipod in your room unless you work better listening to music.

4.  Plan early with groups – Group projects can be easy because everybody is doing different elements of the project but sometimes they can be a hassle.  Meet with your group ASAP because group procrastination is even more difficult to manage than individual procrastination.

5.  Dispense your studying – Make yourself read one chapter a week the whole semester.  This will keep you up to date on what you are learning and will help you remember when it comes time for the final exam.  Even if the teacher doesn’t require that you read the textbook, it can help reinforce things to make more sense.

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~ by Trelane on April 27, 2009.

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