10 Common Reason Students Procrastinate And Solutions
Did you just find out that your project/assignment is due tomorrow? Yet, just three days ago, you thought you had enough time, and you set it aside for later. You are not alone. Studies show that nearly 80–95% of college students procrastinate to some extent; nearly 70% consider themselves procrastinators, and roughly 50% of college students alarmingly procrastinate consistently.
Procrastination is usually one of the largest demanding situations college students face no matter what type of college students or stage they’re in. Although most individuals believe laziness is one of the causes of procrastination, in this article, you will learn that that’s not the case as we discuss the following:
- Why students procrastinate
- Effects of procrastination on students
- How students can learn to overcome procrastination.
10 causes of procrastination
There are so many reasons students procrastinate, and this is far from being lazy
1. Lack of motivation
Most times, students lack the enthusiasm and the motivation to carry out specific tasks. So they put them away waiting for motivation to come. This usually never happens until the deadline is due.
2. Optimistic time estimates
One of the reasons students procrastinate is by thinking that they have enough time. To them, headlines seem too far, and they feel no pressure to get to work. So they overestimate the amount of time before the deadline as well as the amount of time it will take to complete the task they are putting off. Other times, they think the tasks are too easy that they could be pulled just before the deadline is due. When the deadline nears, they find they did not allow themselves enough time to get things done, and this could stir up anxiety as well as any other adverse effects.
3. Poor memory
This may not totally be referred to as one of the causes of procrastination as students do not resist getting the work done. However, it is one of the ways tasks are put off. This often happens not just to students who do not have a solid retentive memory but to almost all students in general who do not plan or create reminders for tasks.
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4. Lack of structure
The lack of structure can make it incredibly hard for students to focus and get to work, and resist procrastination. When you have a structure, you know what you are going to do and how and this makes it easy.
5. Lack of clarity about the desired outcome
Students can procrastinate when they find tasks confusing or when they are uncertain of what and how to approach the tasks. So, they put it off hoping that clarity will dawn on them before the deadline is due. Clarity almost always never comes, and on the day before the deadline is due, they would find that they initially had enough clarity to get to work or enough time to ask for help from teachers, friends or family.
6. Difficulty regulating emotions
Sometimes, procrastination is not a problem of poor time management skills. Rather, it is a problem of complicated emotional regulations. When students feel overwhelmed, tired, exhausted or frustrated from anything at all, they tend to put off tasks for later and then seek ways to distract themselves with fun things or activities to feel better.
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7. Perfectionism/Fear of failure
This happens to most students who are afraid to fail or are scared of criticisms. They put off their tasks, waiting for a better time and opportunities to emerge to enable them to carry out the tasks perfectly. This can become a seemingly unreasonable behaviour to put off tasks even when the deadline is there. They find that it has become more important to beat the deadline than to carry out a perfect task, and they just do it anyway because it is the only option they are left with.
8. Too many commitments
Most students engage in too many activities at the same time that they end up achieving little or nothing. This could lead them to procrastinate just to have free time for themselves. However, most students, usually do not have a satisfying time during these free times because they also feel like they should be trying to get something done.
Many students struggle with distractions, and this can come from friends, family, social networks and some other things. However, some students actively seek distractions to avoid carrying out tasks and put them off for later. The truth is, everyone is surrounded by distractions every day, and it can only take a disciplined mind to focus and resist the distractions no matter the kind it is.
Sometimes, students feel something is being forced on them, especially when they feel they are more – from assignments to other school projects. They procrastinate as a form of rebellion, resisting getting the work done, thereby procrastinating.
With this list, it is easy to understand that procrastination is simply a collection of motivation, comprehension and confidence issues. Laziness has very little or nothing to do with procrastination. Unlearning this and understanding the effects of procrastination in students is one of the steps to beating procrastination.
What are the effects of procrastination on students?
Procrastination can have very adverse effects on you, especially in high school, as more assignments, projects, and other school works begin to multiply. Studies have shown that students, regardless of what level they are in, who procrastinate, tend to experience increased levels of stress, anxiety, frustration and depression. All of these can result in poor grades and drain their self-confidence and esteem.
How Can Students Learn to Beat Procrastinating?
Here are simple tips students can apply to beat procrastination:
- Create a dedicated study place
- Develop good study skills
- Craft a study/task structure and plan and stick to it
- Break your tasks into smaller tasks
- Find ways to build up your confidence
- Develop good concentration skills
- Eat and sleep healthy
- Set clear goals
Just do it! Stop procrastinating.
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