Imperial College Health Centre

Central London Clinical Commissioning Group

Self Indulgent Student

Procrastination can be tough to overcome because you can easily delude and sabotage yourself :
you do everything but the priority; make excuses; find other diversions.

Avoidance can become a self-reinforcing habit.
It may be that nothing but the approaching exam deadline will raise anxiety sufficiently to kick start revision.

Revision Tips

Timetable your fixed hours (lectures/coursework, travel, eating & sleeping) and your recreation time.

  • Make the recreation compulsory, not the revision work.
  • Focus on “starting to work”, not on putting in a certain number of hours each day.
  • When you start a piece of revision work, only concentrate on it for 30 minutes. Then record this achievement on your timetable schedule and give yourself a reward.
  • Start as many 30 minute periods as you can. The aim is to get into the habit of “frequently starting” to revise.
  • After some success with this approach, you can gradually extend the study periods.

Defining Work

At first, “work” can legitimately involve all the necessary preparatory activity for revision:

  • Sort out your notes, obtain necessary photocopies, past exam papers, details of exam requirements, etc.
  • Determine in overall terms what topics you want to cover and by when and chart it visually. Make the chart a rough guide – resist getting too detailed.
  • Choose one topic you find moderately challenging but not threatening — break it down into manageable chunks and make a start.
  • Find out what environment results in more productive study: your room? the library? studying with a friend?