School is back in session, which means homework, projects and reports.
While some students eagerly await the challenges the new school year will throw at them, others may struggle to get themselves back into the routine of waking up for classes and grinding through the morning and afternoon.
This lack of motivation and increased procrastination, or as some have referred it as “senioritis,” can disappear once a student gets comfortable with their classes and work load. However, it can also stick around for a long period of time, to the point where it could affect a student’s grades in a negative way.
For students who are involved in activities like sports, drama and music, this can be harder because they have to juggle their schoolwork with their practices and also make time for performances throughout the week. By the time they are done with a day filled with classes and practice, it is time for bed and they have not even opened their textbooks.
Here are some ways students can fight procrastination and balance their schedule as they begin the new school year.
Plan And Schedule
If they haven’t already, students should try to keep a schedule of the due dates assignments and projects are due. If they are involved with outside activities, add those to the schedule. Like any new routine or exercise regimen, this may require some discipline in the beginning, but after one or two weeks of sticking to a schedule, this routine will almost become second nature.
Start On Projects Right Away And Break Them Into Little Parts
Once a student receives an assignment from a teacher, such as a term paper that is not due for one to two weeks, they should not wait until the weekend before the assignment is due to actually start the project. They should start working on it the moment the teacher assigns it to them.
They should start with some brainstorming on the topic or project. When they have a set plan, they can start chipping away at it. Whenever they have some free time during the day or night, they should take an hour to get some work done. After a few days of doing this, they’ll realize they’re nearly done with the project.
Students may have to sacrifice some television or friend time to work on the project, but it is easier than having to sacrifice an entire weekend because they waited to start the project.
Form A Study Group
Whether they are trying to learn the basics of a new subject or are struggling to dig up the knowledge from the previous year, some students can benefit from studying with their peers.
A lot of times students may think they are the only ones struggling to understand a specific math problem or trying to remember a set of dates in history. If students find themselves in trouble with school work, they should ask someone who understands the subject for help. If the role is reversed and a student notices one or more of their classmates struggling with a problem that they understand, they should help them out.
When a student begins to work on a project, there can be several things that can take them off task including friends, Facebook and phones. Even surroundings with sunshine and the sound of children giggling can be a distraction when someone needs some peace and quiet to get work done.
One way a student can fight this is to find a place where they know they can be by themselves and will not be bothered while they are working. A library can be a good place for studying, as is the cafeteria.
Reward And Recharge
Once a student has finished a big project or assignment, they can take some time and reward themselves in a way that relaxes them, whether it is watching a movie, fishing at the river or patting themselves on the back. Besides it being an accomplishment for a job well-done, it also gets them prepared for the next task that comes their way.