This has to be one of the most common cries from parents of teens. (Closely followed by “what were you thinking?”)
The answer can vary depending on the student, but one of the biggest reason for procrastination of this sort is simply that the task seems so overwhelming that the student just does not know where to start, and so avoids it altogether.
I faced this situation this week with my daughter who had been given a study packet for mid terms. The amount of assignments required and the number of vocab words to be learned were daunting for her, so that when we arrived on vacation she needed to work all week to catch up.
To remove the terror you need to get down to the detail of the assignments. Help your teenager break it down into bite size chunks, each of which is easily do-able. Roughly plan these in along with how long each chunk will take. With my daughter we decided she needed to do 2 chunks of an assignment and 7 vocab words each day as a minimum to catch up by the end of the week.
Once broken down and planned in this way it is simply a case of following the plan – no procrastination required.
If your child is struggling to control their time and get the results you know they are capable of then it is time to take action. The Focused Time Management System TM for Students avoids all the clutter and gives you the most important things to focus on to get them back in control of their time and their life. It’s all step by step, not a big mish mash of things. So you do step one of the system, and when you’re done with that, you move on to step two, and so on. So easy! All the tips, tools, and worksheets are handed to you on a silver platter. E mail me at Julie@thegradecoach.com to arrange a time to chat over your issues and see if I can help.