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Procrastinating and how students can avoid it

By Mbololowa Mundia
On February 8, 2017

Swipe, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Pinterest. Sound familiar? Believe it or not you’re procrastinating. 

According to Dictionary.com, procrastination is “the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something important requiring immediate attention.” 

Procrastinating reduces student productivity. It starts with the first week of school. Some students don’t have assignments during the first week giving them free time to sit on their phones, creating a habit hard to break.

According to learningandthebrain.com, “80-95% of students reported that they engage in the behavior”. 

It had been found that procrastination comes from a variety of both emotional and behavior characteristics such as anxiety, fear of failure, or just avoiding a particular task. 

I believe in active procrastinating. Active procrastinating is putting off an assignment, and in the mean time working on the most interesting part of the assignments and working my way to least interesting. 

If you are struggling with procrastination here are some tips from edu-nov.com:

-Remove distractions such as electronic devices. 

-Set Goals; make sure to be realistic about having an assignment done in time. 

-Break it down, when faced with a long assignment or project, break it down to manageable part.

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