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When you first start studying for a test you may not have a plan to keep procrastination from showing up. To stop this silent killer from taking over use these 10 surefire ways to put procrastination in its place.

1. Organization

Get a binder or expanding file folder to keep all your important information in one place. This is the key to staying on task and being prepared for your study session.

2. Calendar

The use of a calendar lets you see the big picture for studying for a test. This useful tool gives you a visual to know how many days until test day. It will allow you to identify any obstacles that may interfere with preparing for a test.

3. Small Chunks

The worst thing you can do is to cram the night before a test. Studying for 10 – 20 minutes at a time allows your brain to take in the information easier. After your study time is up take a 5 minute break. Then repeat the process again 3 or 4 more times.

4. Set a Goal

Before you start to study write down a test goal or study goal that you want to accomplish with in a certain time frame. Setting a goal gives your brain focus and direction.

5. Make it a Game

Creativity is the missing key to studying success. Your brain is craving for a new way to remember the information. If you like to draw then turn your notes into a comic strip.

6. Learning Style

There are 3 learning styles: Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic. To find out which way you learn best you can take a learning style test. It is important to know your preferred way of learning. You can find this test online.

7. Multiple Intelligences

Combined with your learning style using a combination of the 8 multiple intelligences will help you to cement the information into your memory. It also allows you to come up with creative ways to learn.

8. Rewards

Decide on a reward that you will give your self once you made your test goal. Coming up with a list of rewards will help to keep you motivated each time you study.

9. Vision Board

A vision board is a picture collage that focuses on what you want to happen. Use pictures and phrases to represent your study goal. Each day look at your vision board and visualize the success you will have scoring an A on the next math test.

10. Study Buddy

Having a partner keeps you accountable for studying. A partner can give you instant feed back on which information you missed and they can also give you other strategies to use.

Using any of the above strategies will keep you from procrastinating. They are easy to use and take very little time to implement into studying.

Mike Best is a full time educator who has helped others achieve academic success.

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