3 Reasons why not all students are passing their exams first time #2

The 2nd Reason why not all students are passing their exams first time #2

Does this look familiar? I constantly see students and young adults posting and boasting about how they are procrastinating, and I ask myself : “What has happened to this world?”

Procrastination is the delaying or postponing of an action. Since when has it become the norm to boast about how you are NOT doing what you are supposed to do? Are we moving into an era where it has become normal to tell all your friends (and the rest of the world!) how “enjoyable” it is to not care about your responsibilities? Looks like it. And we are seeing the results of this.

Studies have shown that the human being tends to delay an activity that is unpleasant or boring. Procrastination is one of the biggest thieves of time and one of the main reasons for bad exam results. Everything gets left for the last minute, because there is “always enough time”. Is there really? I don’t think so. Cramming works up to a certain point, but results and information capturing are very short lived, exactly the opposite of what we want in the aviation environment.

Students seem to have moved from “studying to remember and to apply” to “study to pass the exam” and this is clearly visible when they are questioned on a basic topic a few weeks after their exam, the root cause being procrastinating when they were supposed to be studying. Instead of following a planned study schedule and sticking to it, there is always something better and more exciting to do than to study. Two or three days before the exam, now suddenly the time is right to cram in hundreds of pages of information and completely overloading their brain. This information is only kept in the short term memory and as soon as they leave the exam room, it is as if they have forgotten 90% of what they have learnt.

Without them knowing it, if they stuck to their detailed study schedule and just did their little bit every single day, they would’ve had much more time and flexibility. Then they could’ve walked around without the guilt (or enjoyable?) feeling of procrastinating.

If you are struggling with procrastination, here are a few tips to help you get rid of this bad habit :

1. Proper Planning. Proper planning sets intent for the day and triggers a part of the brain which constantly reminds you of what you have to achieve for the day. Procrastination will still be a temptation, but having a detailed plan would make it easier to say no to things which will distract you from your plan for the day.

2. Technology. Although technology is there to assist in our everyday lives, it very easily takes over your life. 90% of students would prefer to Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest instead of studying. How do we take on this problem? The only solution to this is self-discipline. You need to discipline yourself to put your phone off when you need to study and to not even put it on during your break times. Leave it off until you have done what you were planning to do for the day.

3. Reward yourself. This is a vital part in stopping procrastination. If you have completed your studies and tasks for the day, allow yourself to spend some time on your phone, watching your favorite series, reading a book or spending time with friends. In this way you are motivated to complete your tasks and studies the next day, because you know that there is a reward waiting. It is much better to go out with friends, watch your favorite series or read a book without your conscience bothering you about the things you should’ve completed. Finish what you should and then reward yourself properly.

There is a clear difference in results between students who have the self discipline to not procrastinate vs the students who don’t have the self discipline to stop procrastinating. They outperform the procrastinators by miles, to such an extent that they will struggle to catch up.

Time lost can never be gained again. Want to get proper exam results? Stop procrastinating.

 

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2. Technology. Although technology is there to assist in our everyday lives, it very easily takes over your life. 90% of students would prefer to Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest instead of studying. How do we take on this problem? The only solution to this is self-discipline. You need to discipline yourself to put your phone off when you need to study and to not even put it on during your break times. Leave it off until you have done what you were planning to do for the day.

3. Reward yourself. This is a vital part in stopping procrastination. If you have completed your studies and tasks for the day, allow yourself to spend some time on your phone, watching your favorite series, reading a book or spending time with friends. In this way you are motivated to complete your tasks and studies the next day, because you know that there is a reward waiting. It is much better to go out with friends, watch your favorite series or read a book without your conscience bothering you about the things you should’ve completed. Finish what you should and then reward yourself properly.

There is a clear difference in results between students who have the self discipline to not procrastinate vs the students who don’t have the self discipline to stop procrastinating. They outperform the procrastinators by miles, to such an extent that they will struggle to catch up.

Time lost can never be gained again. Want to get proper exam results? Stop procrastinating.