April 10, 2014
5 Tips on How to Prevent Procrastination When Revising
The lure of procrastination is a danger to students everywhere – that productive study sessions can quickly turn into hours of surfing the net, watching TV, or finally deciding to finish your household chores. In short, any excuse is used to put off revision.
To prevent procrastination, you need a proactive approach. If your revision is to be a success, consider implementing the following 5 tips. You’ll soon find you have plenty of time to get your work done and have a little fun as well.
1. Join a Study Group
No, this isn’t an excuse to hang out with your friends. Instead of picking your favourite people, opt for a selection of students that are up for being productive. In many ways joining a study group is similar to private tuition, as it allows discussions to be had and ideas to bounce off one another.
The reason this works so well is that you’ll feel motivated by seeing others put in the work as well. In addition, you can get your hands on their notes, their brains, and their company to make sure you don’t get lonely (and distracted!).
2. Write a To-Do List
When you feel like the pressure is on and time running out, the last thing you want to do is add more tasks. That’s why many people forego spending time on creating a to-do list, which throws organisation into disarray. Distractions become easy options when we’re not quite sure what we’re meant to be doing.
To-do lists don’t need to be detailed schedules of our study plans. They just need to be quick and dirty, easy to follow and simple to put together in just a few minutes. Checking off what you need to do will make the process more enjoyable, organised, and effective.
3. Take Breaks
Many students that have wasted their time procrastinating will try and abolish all breaks. Unfortunately, this is simply untenable and usually leads to procrastination. That’s why it’s so important to give yourself a break every hour or so.
This reinvigorates your body and mind, giving you plenty of energy to tackle more revision without getting distracted. It also gives you something to look forward to, allowing you to focus until that time comes.
4. Turn Technology Distractions Off
The web offers a wide range of study benefits, having the information of the world at your fingertips. However, students will usually opt for funny YouTube videos instead of revision material.
That’s why you need to turn all of these distractions OFF. Your Internet connection, iPad and smartphone should pose no danger if they’re not connected to the rest of the world.
5. Set Yourself Realistic Goals
There’s a reason you want to revise in the first place – and that’s the role your revision plays in achieving your goals. Whether you’re looking to improve your job prospects or trying to get the marks to get yourself into a specific University, revision has a very important part in making things happen in your life.
Think about those goals when you start your day or when you find yourself tempted by the various distractions. Consider how wasting time doing these things will ultimately affect you, despite the short-term fun you may be having while watching TV or checking out Facebook.
Ultimately, it all comes down to taking appropriate action. You’ll never completely eradicate procrastination. After all, you’re human – over time, however, you can train yourself to become a very effective revision machine.