This post should be about revising for my final four exams. I should write about how I prepare for my exams, how I make my notes, which books I read and how I organize my time. But instead I’m doing everything else but writing useful posts and revising. I believe the most popular student word describes this perfectly. Yes, you’ve guessed right, it’s procrastination. The word comes from Latin, procrastinare meaning to put off till tomorrow.
There has been much research on procrastination. One by Schraw, Wadkins and Olafson (2007) classifies academic procrastination as counterproductive, needless and delaying. If you’re wondering how I know that, again, I’m procrastinating: doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones. But at some point we all get to understand Benjamin Franklin’s quote: “You may delay, but time will not.” So, here’s how I revise.
You can read about making notes of my notes here, and yes, I still do that. I also watch lecture recordings (1.5-1.7x play speed) to add notes to my notes. I still have four exams to pass, Research Skills 2, Neurosciense and Behaviour, Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence and Psychobiology. I mostly just use lecture slides, but this term I have bought the book for PCA (How Children Develop), since the exam covers both lectures and background readings. I also find Study Direct (our VLE) quizzes and lessons very useful.
Now I really should be getting back to revising. I’m looking forward to our group revision session, which will definitely help me concentrate and put off procrastinating. See you there!
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Schraw, G., Wadkins, T., & Olafson, L. (2007). Doing the things we do: A grounded theory of academic procrastination. Journal of Educational Psychology, 99(1), 12-25.