6 tips to avoid procrastination when preparing for exams

Opposition study period is a background career in which we test our study skills, memory and concentration, but sometimes it can be difficult for us to maintain a steady pace of work.

procrastination, i.e. the habit of postponing a certain work or work that we have to finish, is one of the main enemies in the study of oppositionsbut fortunately we can use a series of tricks and strategies to avoid it.

    How to avoid procrastination in the preparation of oppositions?

    The project of preparing well for oppositions requires good time management, as well as stress and the ability to concentrate. That’s why it’s important to keep procrastination at bay and not let it ruin a job for months or even years.

    If you have started studies or are considering applying for a place in the public system, keep reading. Here I explain the main tips to avoid procrastination in the preparation of oppositions.

    1. Set short-term goals

    Setting short-term goals as we work through the various opposition topics will help us have more clarity in our work and give us a motivating and immediate horizon to work toward (and one that won’t be too abstract or distant).

    These short-term goals can be achieved in the same subject or in different sections that we can find there. For example, challenge us to study 1 or 2 subjects in one day or to study a specific section in a given time.

      2. Prioritize

      As with any work or study of any kind, Having clear priorities is essential to succeed in the task we are doing, with the aim of not wasting time on less important tasks.

      Being clear about the important sections of the same subject is the key to success in the exams we study and we can learn this with the help of a trainer or an academy that specializes in exam preparation.

      A professional specialized in the study of oppositions will help us know which topics and sections are the most important and allow us to train these contents in specialized tests for this purpose.

        3. Set a very clear schedule

        In addition to managing time using strategies adapted to our needs, we must also establish a fixed schedule throughout the weekfrom the time we get up until bedtime.

        This means having the same times for getting up and going to bed during the week and doing our study every day, preferably at the same time if possible, to acquire a study rhythm that helps us internalize and mechanize the daily periods. that we spend studying. of the opposition.

        This schedule should also include blocks of time dedicated to rest and recreation. In addition, it is recommended that breaks be frequent; about one short every 40 or 45 minutes.

        4. Fight perfectionism through set goals

        Another of the most common causes of procrastination is the perfectionism of some people, which it makes them waste a lot of time studying the same subject thinking that they don’t know it perfectly.

        Perfectionism can be combated by using the objectives set in the short or medium term and by valuing more the impact that the study of a given subject has than perfection in the knowledge of this subject. In addition, testing every day, through small self-created tests, will help us to familiarize ourselves with the experience of not knowing everything perfectly, and lose your fear to face it constructively.

        This means that instead of being obsessed with perfect learning of a given subject or section, we must better value the fact of having studied it and being able to advance in the study of the following subjects.

          5. Implement time management strategies

          There are many time management strategies used by professionals in all types of jobs that allow us to manage time more effectively and help us overcome procrastination.

          Some of the most common are Pomodoro Techniqueconsisting of alternating work sessions with periods of rest, or Time Blocking, which allows the student to plan the whole week and to be clear on what to do at a given time by setting blocks of work .

          In addition to this, we can also use the time management modalities that work best for us when we study and that give us better results.

            6. Capture all tasks as a whole

            Capturing tasks globally means have a complete design of all the work we have pendingthat is to say of all the subjects studied and to be studied, both in our heads and in writing.

            This will allow us to be more organized in the study of the oppositions, and will help us to always keep in mind the progress we have made and when we have to do it, which will serve as motivation and avoid having a vision vague of what remains to be done (since the latter is often very intimidating and makes us neglect our responsibilities).

            Would you like to benefit from psychological help to prepare for certain exams?

            If you are looking for psychological assistance services for a professional project or preparation for an exam, I invite you to contact me.

            My name is Tomas Santa Cecilia and I am a psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral psychology; I serve adults, teenagers and commercial teams in my office in Madrid or online.

            Bibliographic references

            • Duru, E.; Balkis, M. (2017). Procrastination, self-esteem, school performance and well-being: a moderated mediation model. International Journal of Educational Psychology, 6 (2): pp. 97–119.
            • Gollwitzer, P. & Brandstätter, V. (1997). Implementation intentions and effective pursuit of goals. First ed. in: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 73 (1): p. 186-199.

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