Staying Ahead of the Game: Avoiding Procrastination


– Is my mic on? Okay, good. Some equipment that’s
in the back of the room. That’s because we’re officially being live-streamed, as well. Our regional campuses can watch this, as well as any of our UCF
students and departments, as well. At this time, I’ll introduce
myself and (mumbles). I’m Patricia Hartley,
and I am the coordinator in the Student Academic Resource Center, and I’m here to welcome you
to this amazing workshop Avoiding Procrastination. I do want everybody to have
a chance to sort of introduce themselves, as well, so I’ll just kind of go around the room. Also, if you noticed, there’s some photos that’s being taken here. I have a journalism major, Mr. Jared, who is going to be
documenting this workshop for his assignment, as well, but I’m going to to ahead
and go around the room. Jared, I’ll just point to
you when it’s your turn. Everybody, so, introduce yourselves. Tell me your name, your major, and if you also want to maybe
say what year you’re in. I’ll start with you. – [Matt] Matt Percival,
business management major, and I’m a freshman. – All right! (mumbles) – [Kaitlyn] I’m Kaitlyn, I’m a junior and a political science major. – [Alisha] Hi, I’m Alisha Jones, I’m a junior and I’m a (mumbles). – Okay, thank you. – [Joanna] My name’s
Joanna, I’m a freshman, and I’m a financing major. – All right. – [Greg] My name’s Greg and
I’m a junior business major. – [Joanna] My name’s Joanna. I’m an education major and (mumbles). – [Chelsea] My name’s Chelsea. I’m a health services
administration major, and I’m a junior. – [Ciani] My name is
Ciani, I’m a science major, and a freshman. – [Frankie] My name’s Frankie. I’m undecided and I’m a freshman. – Jared? – [Jared] My name’s Jared Jennings. I’m a journalism major, and I’m a junior. – Thank you. – [Kayla] I’m Kayla. I’m a psychology major with
women and gender studies minor, and I’m a sophomore. – [Sierra] My name’s Sierra. I’m a fourth year
bio-medical science major. – There’s a couple of
people who just came in. All everyone did was just say their name, and then their major, and if you want to talk
about what year you’re in. So we have two people who just came. Yes, I’ll start with you. – [Student] (mumbles) – Welcome! Did you already have a
chance to introduce yourself? – [Anna] My name’s Anna. I’m a junior in arts (mumbles) major. My concentration right now
is painting with (mumbles). – All right, artist in the building! Well, everybody, welcome! Again, this is the Avoiding
Procrastination Workshop, and we will go ahead and get started. For you people that came
in, I introduced myself. My name is Patricia Hartley, and I’m the coordinator in the Student Academic Resource Center. Perfect timing, welcome! I am just now getting started with the Avoiding
Procrastination Workshop, so we’ll go ahead and get started. How many people know where we’re located or have utilized our services? Raise your hand. Okay, perfect. So, we’re located in Howard Phillips Hall. Everybody kind of know where
Howard Phillips Hall is? If you don’t know, we’re one of the green buildings that’s surrounding the reflection pond. We are located on the first
floor of Howard Phillips Hall, so that’s where you can come and you can actually utilize our services. That’s where our SARC lab is located, and then I’m going to first start off by giving you an overview of our services. I’ll talk to you a little
bit about what SARC is. I’ll also tell you about how
you can not procrastinate, give you some different tips and some skills that you can
actually utilize here at UCF, and then of course we’re going
to open it up for Q and A. I like for it to be interactive, so if there’s any point in
time during the workshop that you want to say something
or you have a question, raise your hand, feel free, and we can make this more of
a conversational workshop. First thing’s first. These are some of the services
that we have to offer, including peer tutoring, that’s our main bulk of what we offer. We offer that through something called supplemental instruction, as
well as SARC peer tutoring. We have three facilities on campus. We’re located in the College of Engineering
and Computer Science. We’re also located in the Veterans’ Academic Resource Center, and also in Howard Phillips Hall, as well. You do not have to be a veteran
to utilize those services, just to let you know. And you don’t have to be a College of Engineering
and Computer Science student or major in
order to take advantage of those services, either. All of our tutoring is
free, it is group tutoring, and it’s open to all of our
students here on campus. We also have Academic Success
Workshops related to this, as well as learning skills consultations and online academic support, which is an additional resource that you can take advantage of if you need additional
services or information. I’ll talk to you first about some of our academic assistance. Peer tutoring. Peer tutoring, as I told you before, is located in three places here on campus. We primarily tutor in our
STEM courses, so that’s our science, technology,
engineering, and math courses, and then of course classes
that have a high drop, fail, or withdrawal rate. Don’t forget if you are a math person or if you are a math major, you can also take
advantage of the math lab that we have here on campus, and also our Writing Center
serves as a great resource for any sort of writing issues or things that come up when you have class. Supplemental instruction is also free. The difference between peer tutoring and supplemental instruction
is supplemental instructors actually sit in the class with you. They’ve probably made some
sort of an announcement at this point in time, at the
beginning of the semester, to tell you they are going to be SI instructors in your class. SI allows us to have
partnership with professors in some of the historically
difficult courses that have a high drop,
fail, or withdrawal rate. Welcome! So learning assistance. Learning skills consultations. I like to think of them more
as a one-on-one workshop, specifically for you towards your needs, whether you’re somebody who
needs help with time management more on a one-on-one level, or maybe you need to talk a little bit about some study skills or study tips that you can take advantage of. Other subjects include
academic decision making, goal setting, as well,
and also motivation. The good thing about this is
that you can earn Link Loot, so if you’re a freshman you
can take advantage of this. As I said before, you can
document it on the evaluation that you’ll have afterwards, and we’ll make sure to
push that out to whomever you request it to be sent to. Welcome to the workshop. Are you a procrastinator? These are some of the questions
that we’ve come up with, just to kind of put on
your mind and ask yourself are you a procrastinator. Do you act as though you ignore
a task and it will go away? A lot of the time we think
that if we just ignore it, it’ll go away. Do you underestimate the work
that’s involved in the task, or overestimate your abilities
in relation to the task, like how long it’s
actually going to take you? Anybody in here do that? No, only a couple of people. Okay, okay. Here we go, being honest, I understand. Do you deceive yourself by substituting one worthy activity for another? Say, for example, you get
the sudden urge to clean. You’ve been needing to
clean your apartment, but you have a test that’s
going to happen on Friday, it’s Tuesday, but then
all of a sudden you look around your apartment and you say, “You know what? “I need to wash clothes,
I need to hang this up, “I need to scrub my bathroom.” Whatever it may be, right? But for some reason, when
the task that you’re supposed to be doing comes up, one that you’re supposed to
have done maybe in the past that’s not so much of a big deal right now just kind of come to the
forefront of your mind, and you put that first
when you technically should be studying for that
test that Friday, right? Do you say you’ll do it tomorrow? How many people claim or
pretend like they’re going to do it tomorrow? We always say that. It’s kind of like, “Well,
there’s always tomorrow.” But if we go ahead and start things today, then we can get started
on it even sooner, right? Some other questions that
you may ask yourself may be have you ever said, “I need to have some
well-earned fun first!” So you’ve got your friends, they’re going to go out to
the club on a Monday night, they don’t have class on Tuesday, you know you have a test at
eight o’clock that next day that you probably will
pretend like you studied for it on Sunday night, so you’re prepared and
you’re ready for it, but you know you have
class at eight o’clock, so if you stay out late, that might cause you to lose some sleep and you might be a little tired for that eight o’clock test. Is that a smart thing to do? Right, it’s not a smart thing to do. However, you could say to yourself, “I could stay until 11
o’clock, then I can leave, “and then I can go home and
get the rest that I need.” Correct? But how many of us really do that? No. So just kind of keep those things in mind. I am just trying to get your mind to just sort of think
of some of the questions that may come up that
can help you identify whether you are procrastinating or not. Have you ever said, “This homework will be easier
to do when I’m in the mood.” How many people try to
wait for the mood to do it? Yeah, don’t wait for the mood. You can’t. We’re at a place in our lives
now where you can’t wait until the feeling comes up to do it. So you can base everything
off of your feelings. Why do we procrastinate? Anybody want to talk about
why we procrastinate? – [Student] (mumbles) – Because you always think
there’s tomorrow, right? It’s always tomorrow, right. What are some other reasons? Yes, ma’am? – [Student] We don’t know
how to manage tasks properly. – We don’t know how to
manage tasks properly. That’s a good one. Anybody else? Yes, sir? – [Student] It kind of gives
you control over the situation you don’t have control over,
like, something you don’t really feel like doing, I’ll
do it when I want to do it. – Oh, you’ve got a little
bit of control, right. But you don’t realize that
you can get out of control when you don’t make sure that you’re managing your time right? Did you have one? No? Anybody else? – [Student] Like if something
else that should comes up and something that’s (mumbles). – Right! And it don’t
even have to be a party. What if it was a workshop? A workshop that you wanted to maybe go to, and they’ve had it maybe a
couple of other times before, but today just seems the day
you feel like you want to go, even though you probably should
be studying for your test. These things happen. What are some other ways
that we procrastinate? You want to reveal anything else about how you procrastinate? These are some reasons that we’ve outlined for procrastination. One of them could be lack of motivation, because you don’t feel like doing this. But is that a smart thing? No. We cannot do anything
based off of our feelings. Maybe it’s habitual, maybe it’s a ritual, because maybe in the past
when you were in high school, maybe you were at your junior college, or the way you’ve done
things in the past have been or allowed you to wait
until the last minute. But when you’re in college is
that the smart thing to do? Probably not, and the habits
that we’re able to create now while we’re in the
collegiate world can help set us for the real world, so
practice these habits now. Doing things advance
so that when we get out to the real world it’s already something that’s like second nature. You rationalize yourself, so
you’ll make maybe excuses, “Well, I found all the research
information that I need, “I’ve done the literature
review that I need for this, “but it’s not due until
Friday and right now “it’s Wednesday, I’ve done the research, “it’s only five pages, “I think I can do it tomorrow night.” We do that all the time, but think about if you would have started on the task in advance? For example, here’s a paper, you know that you’ve done
all the lit review work, and it is Wednesday, it’s
due officially on Friday. If you know that you can finish
a five page paper in one day maybe it takes you three
hours, I’m just guessing, that’s not the smartest way to do it, but just in case that’s
the way you operate, right? It’s the way you work. You can actually complete
that paper on Wednesday, Thursday use that day to review it again, maybe have another friend
review it and sit down and look at the paper for you, correct, and then you can review it again on Friday before it’s due and then
officially turn it in. Correct? So just kind of the reason why
I want you to start thinking about it early, because
I know you start earlier than a couple of days before
for a five page paper, but I want you to be thinking
about these things early, because if you do tasks early, think about how much better you can do if you take those extra steps like take advantage of some
of the resources on campus. Taking it to the writing
center if you were to if it was already done a week before. You understand what I’m saying? I’m just trying to get your
mind to sort of thinking here. Perfectionism. How many people say, “I don’t have everything
that I need right now, “so I cannot quite get started on it.” This may honestly happen
more in your personal life, more than anything else. For example, I’ll do one for myself. I wanted to start a radio
broadcast for a while, and at first I said, “Oh, well. I don’t know
where there’s a studio.” But then I found out there
was a studio officially here on campus, so at the end of the day, I no longer had an excuse anymore, and I did the research that I
needed to in order to find out how I could utilize the broadcast lab. At the end of the day,
just think about also how you can not procrastinate
in your personal life, because sometimes what you
do in your personal life can also leak over into your
professional college life. I’ve asked you that question here before, but I know that many of
y’all already said yes, that you have had a time where
you had a lot of work to do, and all of a sudden you
get the urge to clean. What does happen when you procrastinate? Anybody want to throw
some things out there? I know that I’ve already
put them here, but, yes? – [Student] Stress. – [Patricia] You stress! You’re overwhelmed, right? – [Student] You procrastinate more because you procrastinated. – [Patricia] Yes! You procrastinate more
because you procrastinated! Now you’re really not even
looking forward to it! Sometimes you get to
the point where you say, “It’s due today, I’m just
gonna ask for an extension!” How many people have said, “Forget it, I’m not going
to even try to do it, “I’m just `going to ask for an extension “when I get to class.” Anybody? Anybody? Okay, good for y’all. Nobody in here. Maybe it will cause you
to miss some deadlines. Maybe you won’t perform your best because you’re under pressure, even though how many times
have you heard friends say “Oh, no! I work best under pressure!” A lot of people! How many people in this room say that? “I work best under pressure!” Oh! You do? – [Student] Yeah. – [Patricia] Okay. – [Student] (mumbles) – [Patricia] Say that again? – [Student] You lose sleep, too. – [Patricia] You lose
sleep from procrastination. It’s like a little cycle. You see right here we
have where it tells you part one is you procrastinate, and then the second part of it is that your self-criticism, self-anger, so you’re upset at yourself
for procrastinating, which could mean you’re
either going to maybe ask them for an additional deadline, right, so that you can have an
extension, bless you, or maybe you are going
to just say forget it, I’m just going to take not turning it in. But it still makes you self-criticize, and makes you angry at
yourself and upset at yourself. Then you have low
self-esteem, that’s, like, what happens next, right? Because you’re upset and
you know you’re not going to perform as well
because you procrastinated and you’re mad at yourself, and then you get discouragement, so finally you sometimes get to a point where you say, “I’m not
going to turn that in. “I’m not going to worry about it.” Or you’re disappointed
in what you did turn in because you know that
was not your best work. These are some ways that you
can overcome procrastination. One thing you can do is have
a self-talk with yourself. Of course, it’s normal
for people to just kind of procrastinate from time to time, but every now and then you’ve
got to motivate yourself, right, you’ve got to be
like your own motivator, and say to yourself, “Oh! If I don’t do this now, “I have a student
organization meeting tomorrow, “I’m going to busy with
with (mumbles) tonight, “I’m going to be going home this weekend “to visit my family down
South, and it’s due on Tuesday, “so technically I don’t
really have time to waste. I need to finish this now.” Whatever you need to say to
yourself in order to motivate yourself to get started, talk to yourself, say it. I’m not telling you you
have to talk out loud, but I’m a talk-out-loud person to myself, so I’ll say things like, “You need to get started on this now, “because if you don’t, you
won’t have time later.” Whatever stern voice you need to use, whatever works for you in
order to help to motivate you, talk to yourself, let yourself know. Just as some people, of
course, you can’t eat a whole birthday cake at one time,
some jobs just cannot be done unless you break them up, and it’s more manageable. So that’s the purpose of breaking them up, is that the task is a lot
more manageable for you. Also, you feel more comfortable, because you have an outline for yourself, and you see exactly the
vision of this project. Another way that some people
have tried to make sure they overcome procrastination
is to begin with an easy or an enjoyable or like a least
distasteful piece of the job just sort of to get started. So maybe you like the
research part for your papers, but you don’t like the part
where you have to actually put the information together
and write the paper, so maybe you do good
with your lit reviews, you do good with finding your resources, your articles that you
need for your paper, or your supportive documentation, but the part where you
actually have to write it, maybe that is the
challenging part for you. One of the things that
I tell people to do, I know they want to start
with the easiest job first, which I think that that’s
a very manageable way, but any time that you’re
in a class or course and they talk about an
assignment that you immediately feel overwhelmed about, I challenge you to start
on that task immediately. I wouldn’t even say wait. If the teacher talked about it
in class, when class is over, I would recommend you go to
that professor immediately, whatever questions that
come up for you at the time while they were explaining, or after class you can
talk to them about it, I would recommend you
ask those questions then, just to kind of help you to relieve some of the pressure of this is
an overwhelming assignment, or this is a lot to do, and
this is my first 10 page paper and I’ve never had to do
a paper this long before. They want me to do it APA style. APA style is a challenge for me, I’m accustomed to MLA style. But the bottom line is
that there’s resources here on campus that can help
you through all that stuff, but if you take the time
to not be a procrastinator, that will allow those
resources here on campus to work that much better for you, if you know what I mean. Also, many procrastinators
have realized that working with somebody else makes it less likely. How many people have assignments in class where you have to work in groups. Anybody? If you’re going to graduate school, I can tell you right now, a lot of it is group work and papers. It does vary from major to major, but you’re going to be writing papers and you’re going to be doing group work. It can be a challenge
sometimes when you’re working in a group with somebody
and they are not doing what they’re supposed to do. Because what happens? It puts the entire group behind, correct? But there are some people, when you actually have somebody
else that’s holding you accountable, you do better,
because you’ll be like, “I don’t want to let that person down,” or “They’re depending on
me, they’re relying on me.” Sometimes in order to not procrastinate we can put other people in
our group or on our team to help us through a project so that we don’t procrastinate. It can also be that you
will come to realize that making a commitment to somebody or setting a deadline
for completing the task is one way to make
procrastination more difficult. So it is known for many
people setting a goal results in motivation, so maybe you can, I was talking to you about self-talk, maybe you can even trick
yourself into thinking that something is due a little bit earlier than what it really is. So if you’re one of those
people where you see deadlines and you say, “Oh! I still have time! “Oh! I still have time!” Well, maybe you can set
a deadline for yourself that’s a week earlier
than what it really is. Can you imagine being done with
a paper and you go to class to turn it in because you
forgot that it was supposed to be early, that deadline was early, then the teacher say, “Oh! It’s not due today!” What are some resources or some things that you could do, still, with your paper, to make it that much better,
if you’re already done. Yes, ma’am? – [Student] (mumbles) talk to (mumbles). – [Patricia] I love it! You heard her? She said drop by the Writing Center which is right here on
campus in order to have them review the paper that
you’re done with early so that they can make
any corrections on it, and your paper will be that much better. Those are some tricks that
I wanted to share with you about what you can do to overcome
and avoid procrastination. Some other ways is to
make yourself a relaxing, enjoyable environment for yourself. Make sure it’s a
non-distracting environment. How many people successfully
study on their bed? Successfully? Anybody? Okay, that works for him! I see you in the hat. Good. Anybody else can successfully study on their bed in their room? I can tell you right now,
personally, me, I cannot. If it works for you, it works for you, but I found that when
I actually got a space that was good for me on a consistent basis and made it my study
space, I didn’t eat there, I actually made it my study space, I had this place in the
library in graduate school that I used to utilize all the time. Does anybody have a
space like that on campus that they go to and just
kind of like go into the zone of doing your work or focusing
on your academics. Right? If you have that, take advantage of that. If you don’t have that, I
would recommend that you try to make sure that you put
yourself in an environment where it’s relaxing but at
the same time, the setting, the room, for you to study
and focus on your academics. Also, reward yourself. When you are done completing
that 10 page paper, you know, a week in advance, you’ve
taken it to the Writing Center, you’ve made sure that SARC doesn’t have any additional resources, right? You can turn it in, and then
you can reward yourself. How many people have, like, a
ritual of rewarding themselves that they want to share? – [Student] I reward
myself with, like, snacks. – Snacks! Ain’t nothing like some good food, right? Snacks. Any snack in particular
that just says, “Yes!” – [Student] Starbucks muffins. – Woah! Starbucks
Muffin, she got specific! The Starbucks on campus muffin! – [Student] (inaudible) – You heard how she does that? Yes, she rewards herself,
but she does it at intervals when she rewards herself, and she doesn’t take a
long sort of a break. So she said she will
watch a 30 minute show, a 30 minute show, and then she will get back to work, so if you watch a 30 minute show, you don’t watch the whole season. (laughter) You watch a 30 minute show
and then you get back on task. (mumbles) also I think is
like a stress reliever, and then you also reward
yourself with chocolate. Ain’t nothing like some good chocolate. Yes, sir, in the back. – [Student] (mumbles) in
the library, it’s like, does it give you time to
think about anything else? Like, if you know if you
think about something else, you’re just not going to concentrate, so my reward is actually the library, having that quiet space, (mumbles). – Oh, wow, that’s good. So he has a spot that
he goes in the library on one of the bases that
is like his academic cove, is what we’ll call it, and he rewards himself by
leaving the library knowing basically that he’s successful, he’s done what he needs to do. He accomplished what he needed to. Thank you. Anybody else want to share? Well, thank y’all for sharing. I love it. Don’t forget to reward yourself. These are also some helpful hints that can also help you
avoid procrastination. You want to finish the
worst task first sometimes. I said that you can also
do the easiest tasks first if you like, but whichever works for you, sometimes getting the hard
part out of the way, though, it makes you feel 10 times
better about whatever project you’re on and you’re more
likely to keep going. I like to start with the hard part. First get that out of the way, then I feel like I can
just kind of ease on down the road from there. You also want to make the job smaller, so we’ve talked about breaking it up. She’s talked about breaking
it up into intervals, and then throughout those
intervals she will reward herself, whether it be with chocolate, or if maybe you’ve got
some snacks that you like, but you can also reward
yourself at intervals when you break your large
task down into smaller tasks. Also, we’ve got somebody
who has already accomplished what you’re trying to accomplish. We talk a lot of the times
about mentoring on campus, and the importance of us
as general professionals. Students having mentors. Look at somebody that,
maybe it’s a professor that you’ve taken, maybe you like them. Ask them to be your mentor. Let them know what it is that
you’re trying to accomplish, whether it be something you’re
trying to do when you’re graduating, maybe you’re trying
to get a research position with them because we like
the research that they’re already working on, right? Think about some things that
both of you can benefit from when you’re considering a mentor. Also, don’t interrupt
yourself, avoid distractions. When I say avoid distractions,
what do you think I mean? – [Student] Phone. – Oh, phone! That’s the
first thing that comes up! I ain’t even have to say anything. Social media! Snapchat is the worst! It used to just be Instagram, right? – Everything! – [Student] (mumbles) – Okay. How many of y’all are
willing, let’s be honest, to turn off your phone
when you’re studying? To turn it off. Not like on, on silent, but
you can still silently see (laughter) things up here on your phone. You know what I’m saying? Like, turn it off! If your cell phone is a
distraction like that, I would recommend when you’re
in the study zone mode, text your mom or whoever it is
that would report you missing if you don’t call back in an hour, let them know what you’re doing, and then go ahead and move on
with accomplishing your tasks, but you don’t want to
have any distraction. The less distraction you
can have as possible. Also, rescuetime.com, they can help you with any distractions you have. That’s one of the resources, and students have recommended it. Also, you can change your environment. You can combine that, of
course, with the one above, make sure that you’re in an environment, maybe on the third floor, you
have your little study cove, maybe that’s where you go, and also create a timeline for yourself. Create a timeline for each
of your either assignments, each of your classes, so
that you can have an idea of where you are on your project. I was talking to you about if
you have a project or a paper that’s due, like, at
the end of the semester, maybe it’s a 10 page paper
that you’ve never done before, but we’re in the fall
semester and it’s September, and it’s not due until November. Do you have time to get
a 10 page paper done from the month of September to November? Yes, you do! And when you think about it, you’re like, “Oh! That’s plenty of time!” But think about how much time
you really are going to have if you break that big
10 page paper task down starting in September, week one, maybe you will talk to
the professor about, touch bases with the professor
about what he expects out of the assignment. Maybe week two you’ll go up
to the library and look up two articles because you need
a total of 10 references. Those are just some of
the things I just want you to kind of get in your
mind when you’re thinking about how to break down a task, or break down a big project. That’s what I mean when
I say create a timeline. Does anybody else have anything that they would like to add
in terms of procrastination. Some tricks or some nuggets
that you can give us that we can take away from this. – [Student] Having a calendar
with your assignments written down on it if you can see it, instead of trying to remember
mentally that you have a test every four days,
four days in your head doesn’t necessarily look like
four days on a sheet of paper. – I agree, thank you. So having a calendar of some sort, maybe it can be an in-person calendar, or maybe you could also
have it on your phone if you’re more of a visual person. – [Student] (mumbles) but
I have a different agenda for classwork and I have a
different agenda for, like, other activities, so they’re
not in the same place and it doesn’t seem like as much, so I think a lot of the
time I know (mumbles). – Oh, wow! So if you wanted to separate them, almost like breaking
them down by category, so what she does is she has a planner, but she has a planner for school, but she also has something
that specifically is for her activities and other
things that she does. We do have a workshop that we do, getting aid using time
management workshop, and at that workshop we break
down for you and give you a sort of activity sheet
so that you can write down everything it is that you do, and when I say everything,
I do mean everything, so it’s like from TV time
to any sports organization that you’re involved in, any
class time that you have, any time you need to study, TV time, it is a breakdown of everything, because that’s how your
life is, it really is. We need to make sure that
you can visually have an idea of what you’re doing. Yes, ma’am? – [Student] I use my phone calendar a lot, because you visualize what you’re doing at each time of the day, so I’ll, like, do a specific section, then I’ll be like, I have to work on my biology practice time at this time, and just do it really specific. – Good, I like that. She’s talking about how specific
she is with her calendar, and research shows that, statistically, if you study around the
same time every single day, it’s a routine that just sort of happens. I’ve got already some
people nodding in the room. Thank you! Yes, it does help. Yes, ma’am? – [Student] One thing that
learned over the past four years is if you just say,
okay, from nine to five, this is my study time. In between your classes you go
to the library and you study and you start an assignment. After five or six o’clock you can go home, and that’s your time for
you to just do whatever. – I like that! So treating school like it
really is your full-time job, and being there from nine to five. And between that time
what she says she does is she’ll go to the
library in between classes, but what would you recommend
to someone that doesn’t have class on Tuesday and Thursday. I don’t have Tuesday and Thursday class, so I don’t have to come to campus, even though I live, like,
five minutes down the road and the shuttle comes
to my apartment complex. What is a tip you would
give to that person if they said that. – [Student] I guess, like,
just set aside the morning or the afternoon, whatever works better, for your study schedule, and still, even if you don’t come to campus, if you have that study space set aside, whether it’s in your apartment or in your apartment
complex’s study lounge or something like that, but still set aside that time
to study for a couple hours. – Right, so don’t just say,
“Tuesday, Thursday I’m free!” You know you don’t have another job, and you have nothing to
do on Tuesday, Thursdays, but if you’re treating
school like it literally is your full time job because you’re taking full time hours, then you will be able to get everything that you need to get done
in between that time. I know it sounds like it’s not, but when you take everything
that I say into account and then apply it to your
life, you’ll actually see. Anybody else, yes? – [Student] I (mumbles)
when somebody said (mumbles) yourself but how many (mumbles)
knowing that you’re probably going to spend two or three
hours distracted (mumbles) or whatever, just schedule
those things, like she said, actually treat it as, like,
I have an hour to eat, have fun, do whatever, and
you don’t have to think about work during that time (mumbles), and sticking to that same
schedule seems (mumbles). “I can do it later,” and it
gets down to that deadline, then this deadline, and
then back to this again, so it just gets a little jumbled. – I love that. One of the things that she
was trying to point out is that if you have a schedule,
basically, stick to it, so if you say that you’re going
to study from eight to 10, actually study from eight to 10. Otherwise just put it on your
calendar what you’re really going to do because you’re
going to get to a point where you have a calendar and
you’re going to quit looking at the calendar if you’re
not honoring the calendar, because it’s not going to be accurate, so basically make your
calendar or whatever you use to help you stay organized
as accurate as possible. Something I also preach
in my workshops, as well, is the syllabus that you
have for your classes, that is your contract with the professor. As long as it is, like, up to date, you can put all of that
information, any due dates, when tests are, what you need to read, over on to your calendar or device, whatever you use, whether
that be electronic, or you actually have a
physical calendar you utilize. Yes, ma’am? – [Student] I actually
read off of my syllabus, then I (mumbles). – Uh-Oh. – [Student] (mumbles) because
you can physically see everything (mumbles) and
you’re always going to see it and put it in your room to cross it off. – And cross it, yeah! – [Student] And I’ll cross stuff out and I’ll write test scores
and everything on it. – That’s nice! Yeah, okay! That’s a new method, I
haven’t heard that before, but she said that she
puts all of her syllabi on the back of her door,
wherever it is that she stays, so as she gets ready to exit, before she can open that
door she sees everything that’s either due or an
assignment that may happen, and she keeps it updated, as well, she marks off the tests
that are completed, and she’ll put sometimes
the grade next to it, so it’s almost like you’re
keeping track of your own scores, and you’re almost being your
own, personal mini-professor, keeping track of your data. Anybody else have
something they want to add? – [Student] Everyone’s
talked about study spots, I recommend having several, because sometimes the spots
that you have (mumbles) so I usually just keep a study
(mumbles) to when they close. It’s really quiet in there, it’s very quiet to do your studies. But if I’m (mumbles) walk and
I have to go back to class, so I kind of had to figure
out some other spots (mumbles) as far a study spot where it’s isolated so I don’t have to be
distracted by people (mumbles). – That’s a good point! I didn’t think about that! Having several study spots on
campus that you take advantage of just in case either it’s not available or it’s too far from your next class, and you’re like, “Nah, I’m not going to go “to the study spot right now. “I’m just going to waste
some time in the Union, because my study spot is so far. So maybe have several on campus that’s going to be near
a few of your classes, so you cannot make an excuse for yourself. All right! At this time, I am going to ask you to fill out an evaluation. If you can indicate here on our evaluation if somebody needs to
know that you’re here, we will let them know. I can also take any additional questions that you may or may not have at this time. Pass those around, please. Any additional evaluations
that you may have, just leave them at the end of the table and I’ll come collect them. Thank you! Shout out to anybody watching online! Thank you for live streaming! As a reminder, here is
the actual workshop title, and also the dates along with my name in case you need that information as well. If anybody has a form that I
can physically sign for you let me know and just come up, and I can do that as well for you, in addition to your evaluation. Thank y’all! Thank you so much! Y’all can just leave your
evaluation on the table, or just pass them down to one end, I will pick them up. Thank y’all, y’all enjoy your day! Thank you for coming! (students chattering)

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