by Sidney


Full disclosure: I agreed to make this blog post about procrastination over a week ago and it goes up tomorrow.  And…. I am just now starting it.  The master procrastinator right here.  Me and procrastination go way back. We are old friends.  In kindergarten  I threw an assignment sheet into the trash because I had waited too long to start it and it was stressing me out. Throwing it away didn’t make the assignment disappear, but it did make me feel better.

Sometimes you just get to the point where you’ve waited too long and there is no chance to fix it. If you’ve reached that point then let it go, and do better next time. Learn from your mistakes.  There are ways to overcome procrastination. Sometimes they work, sometimes you still find yourself in the mess I am in right now.  So, be kind to yourself. If you messed up, remember that you are only human and that the end of the world really isn’t at hand.


 I certainly do not advocate throwing away homework assignments. However, I do advocate taking a deep breath and keeping things in perspective. If you’ve procrastinated then the assignment is due soon and your torment is nearing an end.  However, here are some things you can do to battle the procrastination demon.


You will be so happy if you do. Starting something can be the hardest part. If you have a big test coming up, set aside even a small amount of time (15 minutes? That’s doable, right?) every day for studying. If you have a paper to write, get started as soon as it is assigned. Even if you just write an outline or do some brainstorming exercises, getting something (anything) on paper can be extremely helpful.



A deadline is the procrastinator’s best friend. They can keep us on track if we let them. Don’t blow off deadlines, especially when you set them for yourself. That reinforces the idea that deadlines are unimportant and breakable. Trusting in your own follow through is important to developing confidence in your ability to be a productive person.



If you are having anxiety over an upcoming deadline, listen to that anxiety. It is telling you to be productive. Don’t watch any more Netflix!!!



We all respond to positive reinforcement. Give yourself a break, eat a chip in between each page of reading, take a five minute Instagram break in between each chapter. Whatever floats your boat!


Anyway, procrastination can be a lifelong struggle. There is no perfect formula for overcoming it. Trust me, I have tried. I take heart in telling myself that my tendency to procrastinate is a side effect of being a creative and sensitive person. This may be, but I am also capable of developing habits and skills that will help me work better and smarter. If I can do it, anyone can do it.


Check out the academic skills page on The Learning Hub website for more tips and tricks for successful studenting. We have a workshop on Procrastination happening next month, so be there, and beat your bad writing habits!

Be a Successful College Student!

Liliana, our Academic Skills TA, has some resources for you to help make sure you are on the right track with your study skills and habits as the semester is continuing to move at the speed of light. Check them out below!


Hi, my name is Liliana Vázquez Villagrán and I am a graduate student in the Human and Development Counseling program at UIS.  I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Education, from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City (UAM-X).  For the past 10 years, I have taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens in Mexico City.  I am very excited for the opportunity to work at the Learning Hub because this position will allow me to put into practice my passion for teaching. I can assure you that I will do my best to help you succeed in your academic goals.

Quote: “Being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others.” – Gordon B. Hinckley

Finals are Coming!


In this video, our Academic Skills TA, Erin, walks you through how to best prepare for finals. How much have you studied? Do you feel prepared? Let us know in the comments!

Hello, my name is Erin Tomasino and I am a graduate student in the Human Development Counseling program here at UIS. My goal is to someday become a school counselor here in the Springfield area. I received my Undergraduate Degree from Eastern Illinois University in Psychology and Criminology. Some of my hobbies include spending time with family and friends, traveling, and going to concerts. I am very excited to be a part of The Learning Hub team and look forward to the opportunity to work with you to enhance your academic skills.

Quote: “Be the change you wish you to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi