Don’t wait until the eleventh hour to start your research paper. A DePaul University professor explains procrastination behavior “as a self-constructed mental trap that people can escape the same way smokers can kick the habit.” Here are some suggestions to keep you on task:
Review your syllabus or assignment to make sure you understand your teacher’s instructions or requirements.
- Assess your goals.
- Examine your values.
- Prioritize tasks.
- Have realistic expectations.
- Think about the consequences of your procrastination.
- Break large tasks into smaller tasks.
- Force yourself to work for a period of time.
- Tell others you are going to complete a task.
- Reward yourself for not procrastinating.
- Get help if the task is too difficult.
- Talk to someone about any fears.
- Find a good influence for a study partner.
- Get rid of distractions.
Try a free citation generator to help with citing MLA or APA references. A few of the more popular ones include:
- Landmark’s Citation Machine: http://citationmachine-east.net/
- Palomar College’s MLA Generator: http://www.palomar.edu/dsps/actc/mla/
- KnightCite at Calvin College: http://webapps.calvin.edu/knightcite/
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/
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