Alea Martino, Reporter
Everyone needs advice at some point in their lives. This column will answer some questions asked by students and hopefully give some meaningful advice that will help others with their problems, such as procrastination! So read on, and enjoy!
Question: “How do I stop procrastinating? I always get bad grades because I procrastinate.” -Happy Heisenburg
Response: Well, what I find works the best for the dreadful ailment that is procrastination is making a list of the homework you need to do and organizing it by due date. The homework with the closest due date you complete first and the one with the due date that is the farthest away, you complete last. This is personally my process and it works for me, but there is no guarantee that it will work for you. You could have your parents help, and by help I mean threaten you with some sort of punishment if you don’t do your homework. Some people find that sort of motivation very helpful. On that note, I hope that I’ve been helpful and provided you with a nice solution to your procrastination problem.
Question: How can I stop getting distracted when I’m supposed to be working? -Unfocused
Response: The only cure for this problem that I know of is to care about what you’re doing, or about what’s being taught. If you don’t care about learning or getting good or better grades, then nothing will change. You cannot change your behavior if you do not change the mindset you have about work and/or school.
Question: I feel uncomfortable emailing teachers, even when I really need answers or clarification on something. How can I email them without being super awkward? - Uncomfy
Response: Trust me, I have personal experience with feeling super uncomfortable when contacting teachers, but when I finally did, an amazing thing occurred! They actually listened to my reasoning. Despite the fact that they are in charge of your grade and therefore your future, they are all too willing to help you out if you are just willing to ask for it. So next time when you need to ask something or clarify something with a teacher via email, screw up your last remaining vestibule of resolve and do it, because it will end up paying off.
Question: I have AP tests coming up and I’m really, really stressed. How can I cope with it in a good way so that I can be prepared for the test? -Superly Stressed-out
Response: A good way to handle stress is to get lots of sleep, study a little bit everyday, or just regulate the amount of work you do every day. If you have a ton of studying to do, and you try to do it the night before the test, then you won’t be very prepared. If you study one thing every day and finfish it by the day of the test, you will retain the information much better and not be so very tired when you take the test. You could also ask teachers or other students for help on a subject that you don’t understand so that you can be ready by the day of the test. I personally suggest a reward system. You set some goals, like say you tell yourself you will study for two hours today, and when you’re done, you’ll watch some tv, but if you don’t you can’t. I’ve found that it works pretty well, though if you really want it to work, you should probably tell your parents not to let you near the television until you’re done studying. Just in case.
Question: I can NEVER get my POW’s for math done on time! - Obviously Angry
Response: Well, I don’t have a cure for procrastination. I assume that is what you suffer from, as other students are able to turn in the POW’s on time. If the case is that they are always too difficult for you to understand, then I recommend voluntary tutoring so that you can get help and be assured of getting at least some work done. However, if you don’t get them done because you get distracted or don’t want to, then my next recommendation is to seek help from your parents. Tell them that it is crucial for you to get your math homework done on time and to therefore not let you watch anything, listen to anything, or do anything that is not your math homework until it is done. This will require some serious willpower and determination in order for it to actually be carried out, but it WILL pay off in the end. Probably.
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