Think you procrastinate now? Wait ’til you get to college!

Hey guys, the StudyMode team is back again! We recently surveyed some of our high school and college members to get a little insight into their study habits. And what we learned just might help you prepare for life in college.


Odds are, you’re going to procrastinate when you get to college

Procrastination is widespread. Eighty-six percent of high school students said they procrastinate on assignments. In college, that number goes up slightly to 88 percent. College males are the worst procrastinators – a whopping 92 percent of them said they procrastinate on school assignments!

You might also pull more all-nighters in college. Two thirds of high school students (66 percent) said that they pulled at least one all-nighter this past year. For college students, that number jumped to 79 percent.


Your motivation for procrastinating may change

More than half of high school students (56 percent) said they procrastinate because they get distracted by other things they’d rather be doing. But only 41 percent of the college students said that. More college students (48 percent) said they procrastinate because they get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. In fact, more than half of the college females surveyed (51 percent) cited being overwhelmed as their primary reason for procrastinating.


How you procrastinate will change

When asked what they do instead of studying, high school students most often cited: watching TV or movies, using social media and texting. In college, texting is replaced by sleeping.


What can you do with this information?

You know from our survey that when you enter college, you’re likely to procrastinate because you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. So take steps to prevent that. Make sure you understand your assignment – and if you don’t, ask for clarification. Then, don’t let fear hold you back. Jump in and start! Our survey also tells us that you are most likely to procrastinate by watching TV, using social media and sleeping. So here’s a great idea…when it’s time to study – head to the library and leave your phone in your dorm room!

Moving from high school to college is a big transition and your study habits will likely change. Just remember to stay focused, work hard and minimize distractions and you’ll be A ok!


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2 Responses to Think you procrastinate now? Wait ’til you get to college!

  1. Annika March 23, 2019 at 1:41 pm #

    Hi, this is one of many sites stating that research found that this many students procrastinate without giving any scientific reference. I am wondering which research supports this?

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