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Overcoming Procrastination

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You might procrastinate if: You just sat down to study, and you suddenly realize you forgot to do something very important. Something other than your homework, that is. Does this sound familiar? It's procrastination!

It's important to know when you are creating a diversion and trying to get around your homework. Many things can take your mind off of the time you should spend doing math problems or preparing for a test. But it's so easy to procrastinate! Try making some changes to your homework routine to get the most out of study time.

Tips for Overcoming Procrastination

Turn off the music before you sit down to study. Many students claim they can concentrate while listening to music, but research disagrees.

Put the dog or cat outside. You know you can’t resist them when they wander in and want to play!

Bring a snack or drink to your desk before you start. That way you won’t be tempted to walk away.

Turn off your instant message tool. Concentrate on the mission at hand if you have to research online. Don’t get distracted by email or instant messages.

Turn off the TV and the phone. If you really want to make the most of homework time, you can sacrifice these two for an hour or so!

Just remember, if you change your study habits now, you can avoid things that will interrupt your thoughts and distract you from things that really mater.

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