I’m the world’s worst procrastinator. Periodically, I take time out in all my classes to talk to my students about procrastination. To procrastinate is to delay or postpone action; to put off doing something. In my students’ case, waiting to the last minute to complete assignments, projects, or study for tests. Avoiding procrastination isn’t hard if you follow these easy steps.
- Write your assignments in your agenda book. As a sixth grade teacher, we encourage students to use their agenda books given to them at the beginning of the school year. Write all of your assignments, homework, tests, quizzes and project due dates in your agenda. You can also transfer your assignments to your smartphone or any electronic calendar that can help you remember by using the alarm features.
- Make a plan on how to accomplish your assignments. If you have a test on Friday, start preparing Monday by studying for it. Do not wait until Thursday night to look at your notes. If you study thirty minutes a night, you would have studied two hours for the test, verses a few minutes the night before. Besides, you will retain more if you take in a little information a day, verses trying to cram information in the night before.
- Use your time wisely. Many of our students have study hall. I have to remind my study hall students to use their time wisely. Use study hall to begin on your homework. At times, you may have questions regarding your homework, and you need to use your resources at school instead of stressing yourself (and sometimes your parents) at home. A teacher or maybe other students can assist you if you need extra support. Also, many of our students are involved in extra-curricular activities outside school. You need to use time in study hall to begin working on assignments so you won’t have come home after a long day and still have school work to do.
I believe if you follow these three easy steps, you can begin to make the rest of your school year less stressful and more successful. You will initiate an easy and healthy way of organizing all of your assignments. You will feel better, get more accomplished, and most likely see your grades improve.
Mrs. Thomas – 6th Grade Math