Students Worst Enemy – Procrastination

Students Worst Enemy – Procrastination
By Ahmad Amirali

So, the term ended on a high note with lots of fond memories and blissful moments. Every year students’ study hard and try to give their best at every level; from sports to extracurricular activities. It seems quite easy, is it so? Well, in reality, the road to success for students is full of challenges and surprises. Some problems even, if not dealt on time, follow students throughout their lives, making their life more challenging then ever. One such issue that students start having soon as they entered their teenage is – procrastination. The term which has a powerful bond with almost all of us; teachers, parents, adults, students etc. The art of delaying things and unable to complete specific tasks on its deadline is called procrastination. However, the question that puzzles me every year is how a person procrastinate when he/she completely aware about the importance and the completion deadline of a task allotted to him/her by their teacher, parent or boss?

Unlike adults, kids often put more value on what is happening today than what will happen tomorrow. This thinking pattern in kids brings a lot in their plates than they even handle in one day. As a result of which they’ve pushed off certain tasks which they think are of less importance in their priority list. That’s why many students’ dislike the idea of doing schoolwork at home. Therefore, parents often found out about their child’s big project at the eleventh hour. The reasons for procrastination vary from students’ lack of motivation to comprehension issues. Parents often consider it lazy or careless behaviour of their child. However, much of the time procrastination has very little to do with laziness or a lack of caring. In many cases, there are deeper issues that lead students to develop a procrastination problem.

Causes of Students’ Procrastination

  • Lack of motivation
  • Low self-confidence
  • Fear of failure
  • Lack of understanding
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Perfectionism
  • Low energy levels
  • Poor organisation skills

Procrastination can hurt students’ schoolwork, grades, and even their overall health. Students who procrastinate experience higher levels of frustration, guilt, stress, and anxiety in some cases leading to severe issues like low self-esteem and depression. The repercussions of procrastination are much worse for high school students as they receive more take-home assignments and large projects. However, there are ways through which parents and students themselves can help control this behaviour.

Following are some of the tips that can help students to stop procrastinating. (Source: Oxford Learning)

Break the Project into Smaller Tasks

Big projects can be overwhelming at the outset. Help your child break the project down into manageable parts such as research, writing, and editing. This will also help your child develop and practice his or her project planning and time management skills.

Make the Project Meaningful to Him or Her

Finding ways to make a project meaningful and relevant for students. Relate the project to something your child is interested in or a real-world scenario; this can help make homework and assignments less like work and a bit more interesting.

Create A Dedicated Study Space

Without a proper study space, children can become distracted by everything going on around them, something that can quickly lead to a procrastination situation. To avoid this, create a dedicated quiet space where your child can sit down and do his or her work each day.

Eat Healthy and Get Lots of Sleep

Healthy eating and sleeping habits can help increase the amount of energy your child has as well as his or her brainpower and focus things your child needs to perform in school. Get your child into a regular sleep routine, sticking to a set bedtime each night (Previous Article: Sleep and Teenagers: Why Teens Need More Sleep Than Adults).

Set Clear Goals

Fear of failure and perfectionism are significant causes of procrastination and can be difficult for many students to get over. Helping your child set clear and realistic goals will help him or her manage expectations and track his or her progress.

Develop Good Study Skills

Help your child improve his or her study skills by focusing on the learning process, not just his or her grades. Getting a good grade is the goal, but it is good study skills that will help your child achieve it. Encourage active thinking and critical problem-solving skills by talking through any challenges your child is facing with their homework or assignments and working out a solution together.

Remember students, the time and the energy which is given to you is for a purpose that should be fulfilled and get done in a particular time. There is no tomorrow as it is yet to come, so do whatever is given to you in a present-day where you belong 😊.

Good Luck

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