Stop procrastinating, and get work done

April 26, 2018

Shepparton High School student Mustafa Abbassi.


By Mustafa Abbassi

Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.

We experience stress and stressful situations in our everyday life — whether it is as small as a traffic jam or as large as an upcoming event such as a SAC for school students or a job interview for other individuals.

Focusing on high school VCE students, I would like to discuss the issues concerning the work ethic of students and the problems faced when experiencing stress. I will also discuss how one may be able to use coping strategies in order to counter the stress.

On a typical school day in Year 11/12, the teacher will hand out some paperwork to be completed in class as well as additional course work to be completed at home (homework). It is expected of the students to complete this course work in order to gain a pass mark or achieve a higher mark in the upcoming SAC.

Many students tend to complete the course work during class and leave the homework tasks, presuming that they aren’t as important. Yet, when the teacher asks for the homework, the students stress out because they have not completed it.

Also, many students tend to procrastinate during free hours. They either go on social media, watch TV, have a nap or anything that doesn’t involve studying. Procrastination is a key factor which leads to stress.

‘‘Oh, I’ve got plenty of time to do it. I’ll do it an hour later,’’ is a common phrase used by students.

When the cut-off date is near, students cram their work and aren’t able to perform well due to the insufficient amount of time.

This is when stress symptoms kick in such as exhaustion and headaches.

Due to procrastination and lack of work ethic, many students go through stressful situations.

So how can we fix this?

Students use different coping strategies and ways to tackle stress. On one hand, they tend to work regularly on each subject so they keep up-to-date with the course work and don’t fall behind.

Others will make a timetable or a planner so they can prioritise the course work depending on its due date.

For example, a student might revise for their maths SAC which is next week rather than completing their psychology homework booklet which is due in two weeks’ time.

As I mentioned earlier, students have varying coping abilities and work ethics. As a Year 12 VCE student, I aim to complete as much coursework in class as I can, so that it doesn’t add on to my homework collection.

At home I go over notes which I have learned in class so that I can understand and memorise them for the upcoming SAC or exam.

When I have finished all the required tasks provided by my teacher, I quiz myself with practice questions so that I know what I need to improve on.

Mustafa Abbassi is in Year 12 at Shepparton High School.

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