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Guide: Control Procrastination
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What’s different about a 12-week semester?
- Work outside of class starts immediately - readings and problem sets are often assigned on the first day of class, and assignments may be due in the first few weeks.
- Midterms can begin as early as week 3, and may be given any time in the semester.
- Classes continue during midterms, and assignments may be due while you’re studying for midterms.
- Since work can pile up quickly, it’s important to keep on top of your workload and due dates.
How do I start the semester strong?
Use the first few days of class to adjust to being back at school and to mentally prepare for your studies:
- Log onto Courselink and familiarize yourself with the sites for each of your courses
- Read your course outlines
- Put all exam and due dates in a 4-month calendar
- Organize your binders/notebooks
- Pick up required texts and review reading lists
- Skim through textbooks and course readings to familiarize yourself with the concepts you’ll be covering this semester.
How can I keep up with the workload?
- Make a weekly task list
- Start working on the first day of classes
- Spend time on your coursework at least 5 days per week
- Keep your goals and priorities in mind when choosing how to spend your time
- Use the free time management services and tools available from the Library.
What happens if I get behind?
What can I do after the semester is over?
Review your time management strategies from the past semester.
- Identify and celebrate your successes.
- In what ways did you keep up with the busy pace of a 12-week semester? Maybe you kept up with the coursework in some classes, started reviewing earlier for midterms, or used an app to keep track of assignments.
- Think about what worked for you, and make sure you continue on that track next semester.
- What worked well and what needs to be changed?
- For example, did you use a planner for part of the semester, but stop halfway through? If so, do you want to keep using a planner next semester, or try a different tool?
- If you fell behind, figure out why. What can you do differently next semester?
- For example, do you need to start studying earlier in the semester? Do you need to spend more hours studying each week, or do you need to study more efficiently?
- Use the library’s resources on Effective Studying or make an appointment for some ideas on changing your study routine or study approach.