Teaching procrastination - a way of helping students to improve their study habits

  • Björn Hedin

    Procrastination, or to against better judgment postpone a task, is a very common problem in general, and for university students in particular where about 50% procrastinate consistently and problematically. In learning contexts, procrastination leads to cramming strategies, where the major part of studying activities occurs close to the exam instead of spreading the learning over time, which generally is believed to give better learning. 

    We have introduced a course module where the causes and effects of procrastination are discussed. As part of the assessment, the students reflect upon and describe their own procrastination habits (if any), and these together with anti-procrastination strategies are discussed at seminars. The activities have been spread out during a whole academic year, which allows for follow-ups on procrastination habits and possible changes in behavior introduced by the course module. This paper describes the course module and the preliminary results from running the module with about 230 students in media technology.