Late Night Procrastination

Dear fellow procrastinators,

I’ll blog about this later….just kidding!

I’m blogging to you today to discuss our terrible habit of procrastinating to the very last minute. I’ve recently stayed up until 2 a.m. writing a research paper in Spanish and later found out that I had to take an online quiz, therefore I was up until the ungodly hour of 3 a.m. I was dragging the entire next day.

I have two major pieces of advice for you guys:

1. Try as hard as you can not to procrastinate. If you know a paper is due a week or two weeks ahead of  time you should start an outline and write it bit by bit. The night before it’s due you can add your finishing touches, re-read your paper, and make corrections. If you have time, try to visit one of our peer tutors and they can read over your essay before you turn it in to your professor.

If you are studying, again, study the material piece by piece and then review the harder topics you are still fuzzy on.

2. If you end up procrastinating til the night before it is important to stay awake. Have a snack every once and awhile to get some energy. I don’t recommend this, but many of my friends will chug some soda or drink a few energy drinks.

After your energy supply is replenished, make sure you that you can work without distractions and get going! To study for an exam, make sure you skim everything. Use the ten second rule: if you can think of how to answer/ do the problem within ten seconds, skip it until you find something you get stuck on. It’s best to fly through the easy problems because you already understand how to do them and they will be easy to do on the exam. You should focus on the problems that are going to be a major part of the exam and work out the ones you get stuck on. If you have one, go through your study guide and quiz yourself.

If you’re writing a paper, you should sit down and write the whole thing, maybe taking a few small breaks could help you, but you cannot lose focus. If you can finish the whole thing in one sitting, you can go back and edit quickly.

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