The Procrastination Trap: Why Students Do It And How To Stop

The Procrastination Trap: Why Students Do It And How To Stop

Remember postponing your assignment until the last minute before submission? While many children are familiar with the concept that procrastination is bad, fewer know why. As technology advances, the opportunities to put off work increases at a rapid pace – this often results in countless hours spent on smartphones, tablets, and video games. It’s not uncommon for a student who has no idea how to get started on an assignment to meander and while away time checking YouTube videos and Instagram posts before diving into the assignment. 

Most students have experienced the four D’s at least once during their academic life: Dread, Delay, Doziness, and Dawdling. Procrastination is a habit that feeds off fear and prevents students from using the time allocated to study effectively. The following are the top three reasons why students tend to get into procrastination.

👉🏻 Fear of Failure – The fear of failure may come from not wanting to do something if you will not succeed at it. This can also cause stress and overwhelm a student, making it harder for them to concentrate on the task at hand and make an effort to finish it.

👉🏻 Lack of MotivationMotivation is the key to sticking to and finishing any task or project, be it at work or home. When children are motivated and keen on a particular task or project, they give themselves the power to move forward and do what they need to do. When children lack motivation, they feel there is no sense in doing something unless someone forces you or entices you somehow. In such moments, even the most minor tasks seem like a personal Everest.

👉🏻 Waiting for a Better Time – This reason is closely connected with a lack of motivation. Often, people think that they will be more successful or motivated if they put off their work until a better time comes along. This can exacerbate the problem, as a “better time” might not come along until tomorrow or next week. 

Even today, student procrastination remains a widely discussed and observed phenomenon. However, there is little agreement regarding its causes or the best way to combat it. There is quite a bit of variance between how different students procrastinate, and since no one solution fits all, it can be challenging to find the right solution for a specific student. Considering these points, here are ways to encourage children. 

Multiple Deadlines
A series of smaller deadlines lead to improved performance and better results than if there was only one deadline for all work to be handed in. This is because working towards that deadline helps us better focus and act upon the task at hand. When you break a large project up into smaller bite-sized chunks and spread these across smaller deadlines, it can reduce your stress, improve concentration, and increase your confidence while also making the project more manageable. 
Have students turn in drafts of their work instead of waiting until the last minute to write the whole thing. This makes it easier for busy students to manage their time and show their professors what they know. In other words, having separate deadlines — such as weekly milestones — is more helpful than having students hand in all of their work at the end of the deadline.

Supportive Feedback
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to providing feedback to students. You and your students are unique, so it’s essential to consider several factors when choosing a method to ensure the best results. Get in the habit of telling your students what you loved about their piece, especially if it’s something that you don’t usually compliment. This positive feedback can help build confidence and improve performance in the future. The purpose of your feedback, the types of assignments you’re giving your students, and the makeup of your classroom all affect how you interact with them.

Teach Time Management
With an ever-increasing workload and an almost unending list of assignments and projects, it becomes easy for students to get overwhelmed quickly. But there are simple strategies you can teach them to help make a stressful situation more manageable. Students who employ time management effectively are better able to be productive, which is vital to achieving good grades.

In the face of high competition in the sphere of education, it is imperative that students are equipped with appropriate tools and resources to make learning an effective and seamless process. Square Panda India offers a comprehensive studying solution for children, thanks to our Personalised Adaptive Learning platform that adapts to the needs of individual learners. Our programs promote adaptive learning that allows students to engage in their assignments and avoid procrastination actively.

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