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Blockades to Success

Do these statements pertain to you? Put a check next to each one that does.

  1. I do my best work under pressure.
  2. I often feel hurried by school and/or personal pressures.
  3. I have trouble saying "no" to people who ask me to do things for them.
  4. I often get behind in my readings and papers.
  5. I don't have enough time to spend on personal interests, such as hobbies and sports.
  6. I feel that I have to get straight As.
  7. I worry that if I fail a test, someone will be disappointed in me.
  8. When I take a test, I start blanking out and worry that I won't finish.
  9. I panic during a test, worrying that if I don't do well I'll never get into grad school, find a good job, graduate on time, etc.
  10. During a test, I worry that I will fail and that everybody is doing better than I am.
  11. I find that I get distracted by minor disturbances when I'm studying.
  12. I can finish the small tasks, but I rarely have time to finish the larger ones.
  13. I read material over and over, but I can't seem to learn it.
  14. When I have something on my mind, I can't concentrate on studying.
  15. I would rather go out than study, and I often give in to these urges.
  16. When I finish a big project, I think "next time I'll start sooner."
  17. I usually study by cramming the night before the test.
  18. I wish I would get my work done earlier than I do.
  19. When I get an assignment, I usually don't start right away.
  20. If I leave studying for an exam until the last minute, I panic and have a hard time getting anything done.

Scoring:

If most of your checks are in You may have a problem with
1-5 Time management
6-10 Test anxiety
11-15 Study skills
16-20 Procrastination
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