Study tips for serious procrastinators

Let’s be real here, someday, or somedayor even week could be a non-productive day/week. There is only so much ‘studying’ one could do before well, ‘burn-out’ happens and before you know it, you’re a couple of lectures behind on material. So what would you do in that case?

Say if you have a Quiz on Friday and it is already Wednesday…

What should you do?

Well first, even if you want to procrastinate more, it’s definitely time to snap out of it. While it is tempting to scroll through endless amounts of Instagram posts and Snapchat, find new music on Youtube and Spotify, you know, deep down that with each second that passes the opportunity to study passes with it.

The thing is I like to think that I’m not stupid – but I’m also self confessed, very lazy. If I knew I could be getting away with minimal work then why would I put in extra time. But, this is of course a dangerous idea.

The problem is you think you have time.

Here are a few things to consider:

There’s only 24 hours in a day, and that 3-4 hours you waste are still counted within that 24 hour day.

You still have to sleep 5-8 hours a day to remain functional without copious amounts of coffee. (I’d recently done a test with very little sleep, bad bad idea.)

So let’s say you sleep 7 hours, you still have 17 hours to study, right?

WRONG.

You actually have very little time, given other responsibilities and commitments such as classes, meetings, the gym, eating, personal care, venting to friends, listening to friends vent to you.

So how much time do you actually have?

Very little and none if you don’t schedule for it.

Now that we’ve gone through the reasons and logistics – now the solution. If you’re absolutely pressed for time say there’s a test in 48 hours.

  1. open up your lecture notes now and start skimming through the concepts and make sure you understand everything (if you don’t circle it or make a note of it and then go back once the review is done.)
  2. make sure you go over the concepts you’re hazy about and understand them.
  3. Depending on the subject, if it’s math oriented, do lots and lots of practice problems that will no doubt show up on the test. If it’s more memorization oriented, make sure you can relate the terms in a concept that works together i.e: see the bigger picture.
  4. repeat steps 1-3 in every spare moment you have when you’re hopefully not procrastinating anymore.
  5. let your cram sessions be a lesson and learn to pace yourself throughout the week. It is much easier digesting material bit by bit rather than all at once.

Fun fact, did you know, a ‘bit’ (binary digit) is the smallest unit of information stored in a computer. It translates to a yes or no (true/false) answer to a question. A collection of 8 bits is a byte and this of course translates to 2 bytes being 16 bits, 4 bytes being 32 bits, and 8 bytes being 64 bits.

And now off to more studying!

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