20 Obstacles to Academic Success
Before We Start...
There can be many distractions and obstacles to academic success. Some items in this
list may be YOUR obstacles!
Check all that apply to you.
Lack of study schedule
Priorities unclear (What to study first)
Failure to use short blocks of time constructively
When sitting down to study, usually too tired or listless to study
Leaving tasks unfinished; jumping from one task to another
Studying on bed and falling asleep
Can’t resume studying after study breaks
Spending too much time socializing, playing games or sports
Unable to say “no” to invitations and requests
Making unrealistic time estimates
Attempting too much at once
Getting behind in one course because of having to study for another
Getting involved in unnecessary details
Interruptions by outside interference (phone calls, visitors, noises)
Distracted or frustrated by cluttered desk
Not having or unable to locate needed materials
Study area faces a window, door, TV, phone or other distractions
Accomplishing very little in relation to the amount of time spent studying
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