What is Procastination?

 

” Procrastination (from latin’s “procrastinare”, that translates in to : the prefix pro-, ‘forward’, and suffix -crastinus, ’till next day’ from cras, ‘tomorrow’) is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. Sometimes, procrastination takes place until the “last minute” before a deadline.

Procrastination can take hold on any aspect of life—putting off cleaning the stove, repairing a leaky roof, seeing a doctor or dentist, submitting a job report or academic assignment or broaching a stressful issue with a partner. Procrastination can lead to feelings of: guilt, inadequacy, depression and self-doubt.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procrastination

But is procrastination really bad?

How to Finish Homework FAST?

Homework assignments usually take forever… but they don’t have to. Today, we’ll explore a completely harmless technique that involves using time travel to steal completed homework from your future self.

  • It is important that when you are doing homework you focus on the exercise you know how to do and leave the difficult ones for last. This way you will not lose time trying to solve something meanwhile the rest of exercises are stuck.
  • Our mind works from the focused mode and the diffused mode,……watch the video and learn more with the expert of mind working concentration…

How to Take Notes Fast?

Taking notes does not only summarize what you want to remember, it also helps you understand it, adding specific associations between key concepts at a cognitive and neurophysiological level. By “neurophysiological level” we means that neurons physically connect in specific ways. This is a great video and some important quotes I found about taking notes.

“Lectures are a passive form of learning, in which you are talked at rather than actively participating in the academic discussion. Taking good notes from your lectures is essential for getting something out of this method of teaching. You can also get added value from classes by noting down the points raised in group academic discussions; with many points of view being expressed, not all of which you will have thought of yourself, you’ll be armed with plenty of arguments for use in essays.

What’s more, you may think that you’ll remember what was said in a lecture, or what you read in a book, but unless your memory is truly exceptional, you almost certainly won’t remember it in enough detail to write an essay or answer an exam question. Here’s a quick summary of the main ways in which note-taking will benefit you:

– Notes are there to jog your memory of what was said in a lecture or class.
– Taking notes also helps you engage more with what’s being said because you have to focus your attention in order to select the most important points.
– By being actively engaged in this way, you’re more likely to absorb relevant information, get a deeper understanding of the topic, and you’ll find it easier to remember what you’ve learned.
– Your notes will come in handy later on, when you may need them for writing essays or revising for exams.
– Taking notes also stops your mind from wandering.” https://www.oxford-royale.co.uk/articles/student-life-easier-read-faster-notes-absorb-information-time.html

How To Improve on Focus and Concentration?

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to get distracted while studying – even when you know you really don’t have time for Facebook, Snapchat, Cookie Clicker, or whatever else is calling you?
It’s been said that the greatest power of the human mind is its ability to focus on one thing for an extended period of time. If you’ve ever held a magnifying glass in the sun, you know how scattered sunlight can be focused to start a fire. Imagine if you could concentrate your brain power into one bright beam and focus it like a laser on whatever you wish to accomplish. But most of us struggle to concentrate. And when you can’t concentrate, everything you do is harder and takes longer than you’d like. You may be looking to improve your concentration to perform better at work, to ace your exams, to increase reading comprehension, or simply to make everyday life easier. If you can’t focus, you may think that’s just the way your brain works and that there’s not much you can do about it. But anyone can develop their ability to concentrate. There are skills you can learn and things you can do to allow your brain to focus better.” https://bebrainfit.com/improve-concentration-focus/

Can Music Really Help You Study More Effectively?

As a student, I almost always listened to music during studying and homework sessions. But does music actually help you focus and study more effectively – or is it just a distraction?

“Whatever your preference, I’m sure you love listening to your favorite artists every chance you get— maybe even while you study. Is playing your favorite song an easy way to make that homework bearable, or are you hurting your performance?

Previous research has found numerous benefits to listening to music before performing a task– it improves attention, memory, and even mental math ability. It has also been found to alleviate depression and anxiety.

However, the more realistic scenario is that students will study or do homework while playing “background music.” A recent study at the University of Wales looked at how background music affects students’ ability to complete a serial recall (remembering items in a specific order) test.

Students were given a serial recall test in five different scenarios–

1. A quiet environment

2. With “steady state” speech. This means a single word (in this case, “three”) was repeated for the duration of the test

3. With “changing state” speech. This means a variety of words (in this case, random digits from 1-9) were played during the test

4. With “liked” music, meaning a song of the students choice (such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna, or Arcade Fire). Students brought in their own music, the only requirement was that it had to have vocals

5. With “disliked” music, which in this case was a metal song called “Thrashers” by Death Angel (all students in the study disliked metal)

The researchers expected that the changing state speech would have the most detrimental effect on the students’ performance. Think about it like this– changing state is like having to do your homework while someone else is talking. Steady state is more like repetitive background noise (a noisy heater, for example), which is easier to tune out.” https;//www.mindthesciencegap.org/2012/10/08/does-music-help-you-study/

How To Earn Awesome Grades (Studying Less)?

We all want good grades but you have to work hard in order to earn them. A few tips so you can achieve those dreamed awesome grades.

  1. Attend every class: If you want good grades in college, you must attend every class, not almost every class. The importance of regular class attendance cannot be overemphasized. When you miss classes, you miss lectures, notes, discussions, explanations, and assignments.
  2. Be organized
  • Use a student planner: take this to each class and record all assignments. Also use your planner to keep track of tests and quizzes, activities and appointments.

  • Break down assignments: large assignments are more manageable if you break them down into smaller parts. Completing these smaller portions over a longer period of time will allow you more time to focus.

  • Use three-ring binders for class notes: this type of note book works well because handouts can easily be inserted and if you end up missing a class you can also insert a copy of someone else’s notes where they belong.

  • Organize and save computer work: make sure that all your work on the computer is saved and saved often, and that you have back up files.

  • Keep returned papers, quizzes, and tests: Have different colored folders for each class to keep all returned materials. Old tests can be helpful study guides in the future.

  • Maintain a neat and organized study area: Set up an area or desk with everything you will need and keep this area clean.

    3.  Manage your time well: with good time management, you have more free time, less stress and a feeling that you are in control.

  • Don’t overextend yourself

  • Be organized: see number 2 above!

  • Schedule 90-minute study sessions: set a specific time to get your studying done and make sure you will not be interrupted. During these study sessions, don’t do anything else but study!

    4. Be Successful in Class: you will enjoy college more and you will get higher grades if you can follow these tips!

    • Do every class assignment: think of homework not as something you should do, but as something you must do. Complete homework on a regular basis so that you don’t fall behind.

    • Sit in the front row when possible: research shows that sitting in the front row is directly related to getting higher grades.” https;//www.umassd.edu/dss/resources/students/classroomstrategies/howtogetgoodgrades/

What happens in your brain when you pay attention?

Attention isn’t just about what we focus on — it’s also about what our brains filter out. By investigating patterns in the brain as people try to focus, computational neuroscientist Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar hopes to build computer models that can be used to treat ADHD and help those who have lost the ability to communicate.

“A new study by MIT neuroscientists reveals how the brain achieves this type of focused attention on faces or other objects: A part of the prefrontal cortex known as the inferior frontal junction (IFJ) controls visual processing areas that are tuned to recognize a specific category of objects, the researchers report in the April 10 online edition of Science.

Scientists know much less about this type of attention, known as object-based attention, than spatial attention, which involves focusing on what’s happening in a particular location. However, the new findings suggest that these two types of attention have similar mechanisms involving related brain regions, says Robert Desimone, the Doris and Don Berkey Professor of Neuroscience, director of MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and senior author of the paper.

“The interactions are surprisingly similar to those seen in spatial attention,” Desimone says. “It seems like it’s a parallel process involving different areas.”

In both cases, the prefrontal cortex — the control center for most cognitive functions — appears to take charge of the brain’s attention and control relevant parts of the visual cortex, which receives sensory input. For spatial attention, that involves regions of the visual cortex that map to a particular area within the visual field.

In the new study, the researchers found that IFJ coordinates with a brain region that processes faces, known as the fusiform face area (FFA), and a region that interprets information about places, known as the parahippocampal place area (PPA). The FFA and PPA were first identified in the human cortex by Nancy Kanwisher, the Walter A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT. ” https;//news.mit.edu/2014/how-brain-pays-attention