Procrastinators seek help before the last minute

 

Student Retention held a Students For Success Workshop titled “Where Does the Time Go?” on January 30. The workshop focused on teaching students techniques to prevent procrastination.

One suggestion to help alleviate procrastination is using the calendar app on your smartphone. (Photo by Kaitie Fox)

Resident directors Beth Buchwalter, Rhett Edwards, Mike Hansen, and Ali Walls spoke at the presentation.

The resident directors explained that the three obstacles of avoiding procrastination are balancing time, mismanaged time and time wasters.

Hansen shared his procrastination testimony from when he was in college. He said he had an easy semester with only 12 credits, but he ended up getting the worst grades that semester because he kept finding time wasters.

The resident directors also shared tips on how to manage time better.

“Smartphones are the best tool at your disposal,” Walls said. “If you have one, use the calendar.”

How to realistically plan a schedule was also covered at the workshop. Patty Little, director of Student Retention, passed out student planners and weekly schedules to students so they can better plan their time.

Little suggested other ways for students to get help with procrastination outside of the workshop.

“We have 40 or 50 peer tutors each semester,” Little said. “They can take a study skills course or come to my office.”

Katherine Mansill, junior early childhood education major, shared how she deals with procrastination when it occurs.

“I just buckle down,” Mansill said. “I just know I have to do it, so I do it.”

“Everyone has 24/7, they just have to figure out how to use it,” Little said. “They have to figure out that they want to control the clock, not to have the clock control them.”

There are two Students For Success Workshops held every semester. The next workshop will be held on March 11 and 12 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively. The workshop is titled “Take Charge of Your Academic Advising!” and will focus on helping students better under understand the academic advising process.

Kaylee Riley is a staff writer for The Aviso AVW.

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