Teaching Procrastination - A Way of Helping Students to Improve their Study Habits


  • Bj√∂rn Hedin


behavior change, procrastination


Procrastination, or to against better judgment postpone a task, is a very common problem in general, and for university students in particular where about 50% procrastinate consistently and problematically. In learning contexts, procrastination leads to cramming strategies, where the major part of studying activities occurs close to the exam instead of spreading the learning over time, which generally is believed to give better learning.

This paper describes a course module on procrastination and the preliminary results from running the module with about 230 students in media technology.