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Overcoming Procrastination


The following provides information regarding why students procrastinate and tips for overcoming procrastination.


William Knaus, a psychologist, estimated that 90% of college students procrastinate. Of these students, 25% are chronic procrastinators and they are usually the ones who end up dropping out of college.

What is Procrastination?

Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished. This can lead to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, depression and self-doubt among students. Procrastination has a high potential for painful consequences. It interferes with the academic and personal success of students.

Why do Students Procrastinate?

How to Overcome Procrastination

Help! Where to find it.

Counseling Services (645-2720)
120 Richmond Quad
Ellicott Complex

University Learning Center (645-2394)
366 Baldy Hall
North Campus

Method of Inquiry (3 credit course)
DUE 155

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