Avoiding End of Semester Meltdown

Are you an 11th hour procrastinator? Do you feel you are at your most productive when you’re under pressure?

A study done by Ohio State University professor, Bruce Tuckman, found that “procrastinators don’t work better under pressure, but it may be the only way they work.” According to Tuckman, “There’s no way to know if you do your best work under pressure if you never try another way. If students tried to do their assignments in a more timely way they may be surprised at the results.” http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/procrast.htm

Here, for all the procrastinators out there, are a few suggestions that may help you avoid or at least lessen, the dreaded end of the semester meltdown:

Review your syllabus or assignment to make sure you understand your teacher’s instructions or requirements.

Try a free citation generator to help with citing MLA or APA references. A few of the more popular ones include:

A word of caution – citation generators do not always produce perfect results. Be sure to double check your citations in a style manual such as Diane Hacker’s Research and Documentation Online, http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/

Call or visit the Learning Assistance Center in D-Building. Tutoring is done on a walk-in basis, dependent upon tutor availability. The open lab hours are posted at the entrance of each lab. For more information, see the LAC’s web page at – http://www.atlantic.edu/studentServ/lac/tutoring.htm

Call or drop by the library for help with your research. The Mays Landing campus library is open from 8am to 10pm, Monday through Thursday, 8am to 4:30pm, Friday and 11am to 4pm on Saturday. We will do our best to assist you! You may also email your question at http://www.atlantic.edu/library/questionForm.htm.


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