Homework The Goodbye Bird

Procrastination is a silent killer for GPAs. We all do it every once and a while, but for some, procrastinating becomes a habit. Whether you genuinely forgot about an assignment or pushed it off until the last minute, you are now stressed and angry that you have so much work to do. If you’re looking for a solution to end your procrastination, look no further! Here are some actions you can take:

Write the Assignment Down

If daily planners work for you, then great! Use it! If you’re like me, however, the only reminder that is helpful is a sticky note or writing on your hand. Because your hand has limited space (and you don’t want to become a human to do list) I suggest writing down your assignments in order or priority or length of time it will take you to complete it and putting that information in a highly visible spot, like on your computer screen or desktop.

Begin the Project ASAP

You don’t have to complete the project the first day it is assigned, but starting it will establish your ideas and make finishing the project easier. If you have a week to write your paper, spend about 20-30 minutes a day working on it. Chances are, you will become so involved in your work that you will complete it well before the deadline. Once you get going, it will be easy to finish!

Set Your Own Deadline

Though your professor sets the final deadline, set your own! If your paper is due in two weeks, try to have it finished in a week and a half. You never know what homework will be assigned to you in the future, meaning that there could be the possibility that you have two papers due on the same day for different classes. To ease this stress, make sure you get your paper done ahead of time. This will allow you extra time for revision or time to do your other assignments.

Create a Homework Schedule

By now, your class schedule is established and you know when you have free time. Block off time each day and devote the hour(s) to your homework. You can even go an extra step and block off sections of time for each class’s homework.

Take Breaks

One of my professors once told me that your brain can only handle about twenty minutes of learning new information before it needs a break. I don’t know if this is a true study, but the technique helped me immensely. This exercise is really geared towards reading and studying instead of writing papers. Read for twenty to thirty minutes and take a break when you notice that your attention is waning (this does not mean take a break because you just don’t want to read). Eat a healthy snack or go get some fresh air, then return to your studies.

The techniques listed above are meant to increase your productivity and decrease your procrastination. Not every exercise is meant for everybody; try each one out and decide which is best for you! If you have any suggestions or study tips that helped you become more productive, leave a comment! Otherwise, have a great week and good luck in your studies!

From the talented Kenard Park, author and illustrator of the picture book Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, comes his next masterpiece involving seasons—Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter.

Now that wispy winds have come, red, gold, and brown leaves cover the trees. As they fall to the ground, birds fly with them toward the South for warmth. Soon, farm animals will be taking shelter from the cold nights in their stables. Even though it's colder, flowers bend their heads to welcome the sunlight for just a little longer.

The North Star now makes its appearance, shining bright in the cold nights. Evergreens stand tall against the black night, shivering in the wind while they sleep. Frost fills the air, decorating windows with soft patterns, and hanging from every eave of every house. "Hello, snowflakes!" you may call. "Hello," they will answer back. "We fall in a white, misty curtain and muffle all the sounds around you." Goodbye, Autumn . . . and hello, Winter!

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter is an excellent addition to our books that teach children how the seasons change. In a series of conversations between brother and sister, with everything from the whispering wind to the falling leaves to the busy animals, they share a kind goodbye to Autumn and welcome Winter with open arms. Like Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn, Pak's beautiful illustrations delight the reader with every turn of a page. Other recommended material with illustrations by Kenard Pak includes The Fog, by Kyo Maclear, and Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? by Rita Gray.

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