Breaking Up Tasks and Celebrating Successes

Waiting until the last minute to start assignments is one of the worst things that students can do.

Even if a student is physically capable of completing assignments at 2 a.m., there is a litany of negative long-term consequences to procrastination: tired and stressed students make more mistakes, cramming decreases retention for later mid-term and final exams, and looming deadlines cause students anxiety well before they sit down to start assignments.

The two keys to avoiding the ill-effects of procrastination are to learn how to break up tasks and to actively celebrate intermediate successes. That is why this month’s study tips are:

  Create a timeline for each of your current long-term assignments.

  Identify a person who you can trust to hold you accountable to your deadlines.

Effectively setting and meeting short-term goals can be a challenge for students and parents alike. Helpful resources that we will be discussing this week include:

  • iStudentPro – An app for tracking assignments and setting goals.
  • Remember the Milk – An app for creating and completing to-do lists.
  • Plant Nanny – An app to help make sure you drink enough water each day.

3 ways Breaking Up Tasks makes students more college-ready:

  1. Research indicates that “80 percent to 95 percent of college students procrastinate, particularly when it comes to doing their coursework.”
  2. Studies demonstrate an intimate connection between setting goals and maintaining motivation toward tasks.
  3. Celebrating small wins is an essential component of building productive habits and routines.

Take it to the next level!

  • Use your student planner to write down both long-term and intermediate deadlines for assignments.
  • Take time each morning to establish a daily to-do list.
  • Always budget more time than you think you need to complete a task.

Remember, developing great habits takes consistent practice so keep at it!

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