5 Study Tips for Procrastinators (like me):

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  1. Go to the library- if you are like me, staying at home is more convenient. If I get hungry, I grab something from the fridge. If I am tired, I take a nap. If I am bored, I turn the TV on for “background noise.” If you go to the library you will feel the social pressure to study among all the smart people around you. I assure you, you will get some work done.
  2. Dress to impress– if you wear sweat pants and a hoodie, you will feel so comfortable that you will get sleepy. All you will be thinking about is how comfy your bed must be right now. Girls- put a little make up on, you will feel more productive, it’s all mental, I promise.
  3. EAT!- if you are trying to study, and your stomach is growling non stop, all you will be thinking about is how hungry you are. I would suggest avoid eating too many carbs since you might feel sleepy afterwards. Buy yourself a fruit smoothie and a holiday cookie and you will feel full, satisfied, and ready to go.
  4. Background music- if you are anything like me, sometimes the library is so silent that it’s distracting. Put some headphones on, and turn your Pandora radio to a Frank Sinatra station, or maybe a “natural forest” radio. If you are really into the holidays, an instrumental holiday station could be just right for you.
  5. Do NOT deactivate your Facebook- this works for some people, and I think it’s great tuning out and focusing on what is really important right now- finals. However, for a procrastinator like me, not being on Facebook means I will be thinking the whole time, “I wonder what is going on in the social world right now, I feel like I’m missing out.” I know, SAD. But it’s the truth, I can focus if I have my Facebook tab open and if I see a notification, I address it when I want.

NOTE: Procrastinating is definitely not the most effective way of handling schoolwork. However, some people work better under pressure and can focus more during crunch time. This is the kind of person I am. BUT, if you don’t feel like stressing out last minute like you usually do, follow these tips for a smooth finish this semester.

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7 responses to “5 Study Tips for Procrastinators (like me):

  1. I am honestly one of the biggest procrastinators in the entire world (hence the reason that I am commenting on this right now). I really like that you posted this because it makes me feel better that I am not the only one who feels this way. I think it gives very good advice and while it may not work for some people it will work for the majority! Great post!

  2. Raisa, after reading this post I feel like you are inside my head! Like Alex said, clearly I am a procrastinator since I am commenting on your post right now, but every tip you gave I completely agree with and do myself! I feel if I stay at my apartment while doing homework, I easily get sidetracked but at the library, I am motivated to do my work by all the people around me doing their work. Also, I feel the same about your notion to dress to impress. It can definitely have an effect on getting your butt out the door. Love this post!

  3. Ahahaha, this is a great post! I definitely fall in this category a lot! I completely agree with the lack of deactivating Facebook suggestion. I believe that Facebook should be kept as an incentive to work harder. If you can learn to develop control within yourself, you can use Facebook as a reward for a hard work done (like ten minute break). I read somewhere that studies show that in order for the brain to stay active, you need to give yourself a ten minute break. If you study for four hours straight, you’re doing yourself more harm than good.

    One tip I didn’t see that is good to note is to always sleep. Even if you want to pull an all nighter, studies have shown that you need to get at least a one hour sleep. Otherwise, you’re going to go into the exam with a fried brain!

  4. I’m such a procrastinator! For example, I still have to write my personal reflection for jenders, finish a few comments on blog posts, AND finish my PR writing portfolio. HAPPY FINALS WEEK! xx

  5. If you need to remember some information, study it regularly instead of cramming it in all at once. Research has shown that studying something in short, but frequent, sessions produces better results than spending one long period of time cramming it in. Shorter, more frequent sessions allow your brain time to process what it has learned and to commit the information to memory.
    For more information on Foods That Improve Memory, check out the memory articles at Good Grades Guide Reviewed. It has interesting information.

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