How to handle procrastination when studying for the ATI TEAS Exam

How to get started studying for the ATI TEAS Exam and avoid procrastination.

We’ve all been there. You’re studying for an important exam, and you just can’t seem to focus and get anything done. You’re procrastinating and it’s making it harder and harder to get started. If this sounds familiar, don’t worry – it’s a common problem and there are ways to tackle it. Here are some tips for how to handle procrastination when studying for the TEAS Exam.

  1. Know the deadlines for the school(s) that you will be applying to. Those deadlines will help you determine your overall study calendar. Give yourself a buffer in order to take the TEAS Exam, potentially re-take the TEAS and submit a transcript.
  2. Set small, achievable goals: Break up your study plan into small, achievable goals. This will make it easier to focus and stay on track. For example, you might set a goal to read one chapter of the textbook or finish one practice test. We suggest you start by taking the ATI TEAS Online Practice Test.  After you finish the practice test, you will get a score report that will help determine the areas that need the most focus and time for studying.
  3. Schedule study time on your calendar and stick with your schedule. We recommend allowing 6-weeks to prepare for the TEAS Exam.  Be sure to set reminders in your calendar to prompt for study times.  And for a fantastic planner, check out these nursing student planners from Straight A Nursing:  Planners
  4. Take breaks: It’s important to take regular breaks throughout your study session. This will help you stay motivated and focused, while also giving your brain a much-needed rest.
  5. Know your triggers: Identify the things that trigger your procrastination and make it harder to stay focused. These could be things like watching TikTok, checking your phone, or even eating. Once you’ve identified the triggers, try to avoid them, or limit the amount of time you spend on them.
  6. Reward yourself: Rewarding yourself for completing tasks or reaching goals is a great way to stay motivated. You could reward yourself with a break or a small treat like a snack or a cup of coffee.
  7. Get organized: Make sure you have all the materials you need and that they’re organized in an easy-to-access way. This way, you can avoid wasting time searching for things or getting frustrated.
  8. Find a study buddy: Having a study buddy can be a great way to stay accountable and motivated. You can keep each other on track and provide moral support when needed.  There are many Facebook groups available for TEAS Preparation where you might find a study buddy.
  9. Use a self-paced tutorial: If you are having problems staying focused and determining what to study, we highly recommend the ATI TEAS SmartPrep Tutorial. This is a self-paced tutorial that helps you focus on your weak subjects – all organized in one program. You’ll start by taking a pre-test, then the SmartPrep program will produce a personalized study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses to get the highest score possible on the TEAS.

By following these tips, you should be able to tackle procrastination and stay focused when studying for the TEAS. Good luck!