Exams can be stressful enough. You have one chance to convert years of studying into winning answers on a few sheets of A4. The need for preparation, concentration and revision is paramount to fulfilling your potential. Unfortunately it’s far too easy to slip into bad habits and ‘put it off’ until tomorrow.

It’s been proven that revision is far more productive if taken in small bites over a longer period of time, but what are the successful methods for beating exam revision procrastination?


Identifying Procrastination

Everyone’s guilty of procrastinating about something, whether it be:

  • Decorating
  • Gardening
  • Making that difficult phone call
  • Having that awkward talk

Constantly procrastinating about things can lead to stress, missed opportunities and misunderstandings. With students, the effects of wasting time now could be the difference between your chosen career or the one you are forced to settle upon.

It’s easily done- The chemistry revision books are shouting out atomic compounds at you but Drake has been spotted out with JLo and it’s a need to know situation! You know the work won’t do itself, but then neither will your snapchat streaks.


What Makes us Procrastinate?

People procrastinate to avoid the difficult tasks. In how do you eat an elephant we discovered that tackling the tricky, fearful tasks is better done one bit at a time. With students, this fear can be compounded into feelings of imminent failure with many reaching scales of“I’m scared of failing and I’m thinking it’s too late to make a difference”.


How to Beat Procrastination.

It’s no secret that exam revision is the worst possible moment to choose to procrastinate as it’s the pinnacle of years of hard work. Luckily stepping away from the ‘putting it off’ button is easier than you may think. Parents can help students with the:

  • Revision plans
  • Study skills
  • Techniques for improving memory
  • Providing a study environment conducive to increased performance

but this doesn’t exactly work if the student keeps putting off revising!

So how do you build confidence and motivate yourself to get up and go? David Hyner’s ‘The Massive Goal Principlehelps to do just this- instill motivation and beat procrastination. It teaches you to find a purpose and use that purpose to set out goals and begin a self mapped journey towards these goals.

grey doors with a red door in the middle Knowing where you want to go is half the battle, and knowing you have to revise will be the difference between either being prepared to do your best or unprepared and facing possible failure.


It’s important to know yourself and your limitations and therefore look at your revision timetable realistically. Have you blocked out every hour of every day for the next month? If so, this is doomed to fail. Break times, social times and rest times are all a vital ingredient of the winning revision formula.

Studies have shown that ‘our attention span deteriorates rapidly after 45 minutes of study’, so ensure you halt for a 15 minute break before beginning another 45 mins.

The most important thing to remember with exam revision procrastination is it’s not being lazy! It’s a combination of fear, lack of confidence and an ever present sense of overwhelment. The good news it this can all be overcome with planning and positive thoughts.

Make the move today and make your future of tomorrow.

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