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Study skills: Procrastination – Don’t wait until tomorrow

Do you know the feeling when you have to do something but you do not have the self-discipline to start? It is called Procrastination.

The Latin word “procrastinatio” is composed of “pro” = for and “cras” = tomorrow. Procrastination is a behaviour that is characterized by the fact that tasks are not done at all, in spite of existing opportunities and abilities, or only after a very long time, and often too late.

Three tips that might help you:


  1. Start

It may sound trivial, but it is crucial in the struggle against procrastination: Don’t put off starting as quickly as possible. Perhaps you know the effect: When you have done the first step, you often become a self-motivated person and enter into a workflow.


  1. Make a Plan

Especially in the case of complex tasks, you should make a clear plan in advance in order to take the first steps. Proceed systematically. What do I need? How much time will I take?


  1. Avoid deflection

When dealing with a difficult task, you should avoid all potential distractions. Turn off your mobile phone and computer when you do not need it. It will help you stay focused.


You will find more useful tips in the youtube video: How to Stop Procrastinating.

What are your experiences on the subject? Do you have special tips or suggestions? Feel free to leave a comment!


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Study Skills: Strategic approaches that can help you with exams

While exams are commonly acknowledged as painful and troublesome among many students, the ways to counter these problems are becoming increasingly paramount.

With this in mind, here I would like to share a step-by-step personal tactic to deal with all kinds of exam, and hopefully these might aid you with your future study!

1. Know your scope:

It is crucial to know the scope of your exam and the core areas. This is the starting point for effective and efficient revising as the time is limited and consequently you must utilise all your strength on the right direction.

2. Make a revision plan:

Once you have identified your scope and core areas, the next thing is to dissect them into sections and label them with a time frame and priority. Normally, the higher the priority the more the time you need to allocate. And the allocation of time is based on the estimation of your personal strength.

3. Be calm and follow the plan:

When the plan is created, the next step is to follow it! Make sure nothing comes in your way and stop you from reaching the daily objective.

4. Reflect and retain:

The last gap between you and the aim is reflection and retention. It would be frustrating that if you cannot remember anything when it comes to the real deal. So, try to be proactive and reflect on the previous learning at the end of each day, and the science behind this is supported by Hermann Ebbinghaus.

Start to make plans now! Please leave some comments and follow me on twitter for more information! @Chuanqi_Xu

This blog is reproduced from 2016 by Chanqi Xu