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Don’t procrastinate while you’re studying abroad!

Posted on October 13th, 2012 by Apinant Hoontrakul

Procrastination is a problem that plagues students everywhere. However, if you are an international student, procrastination becomes a bigger issue compared to when you are back at home. With exciting new places to explore and people to meet, you may find yourself putting off your studies and then finding out right before your exam that you are completely unprepared to do well. To keep you on track and enjoying your study abroad, here are some tips to stop procrastinating:

First, get organized.

- Make a list of what you need to do and prioritize based on importance and deadline.
- Create a schedule based on your list, set up specific times where you will commit yourself to studying. But don’t schedule everything all at once or you may find yourself overwhelmed.
- Allow time in between for fun activities to reward yourself after completing a task.
 

Second, eliminate distractions.

- Tell your friends when you have scheduled time to study so that they will not disturb you.
- Make sure you have everything you need before starting so that you will not have stop in the middle of the task and break your concentration.
- Have a specific location for studying somewhere away from where you usually spend your day. A change in your environment can increase your productivity.
 

Third, just do it.

- Try to catch yourself when you are about to procrastinate and push yourself to just do it! Sometimes getting started is the hardest part but once you start, things become much easier.
- Ask your friend or classmate to study with you. If you have trouble getting started in the first place, making a commitment to another person can be a good motivation to stick to your goal.
 

While experiencing new cultures is an important part of an international education experience, it’s also important that your studies not be neglected. These are just a few tips to help conquer procrastination, if you have more strategies that you find effective please share your thoughts below!

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