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Brain Hacking 102: Don't Procrastinate. Hack Your Brain And Pomodoro Instead!

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SCIENCE

Procrastination is like chocolate addiction: It offers temporary satisfaction when you are hungry, don't want to eat your vegetables, and need a quick fix. It satisfies the craving, but once the energy leaves, you crash and burn. And, if you keep it up, your teeth rot, you gain weight, and you experience other health problems.

So, help your students stop procrastinating by giving them facts about why they procrastinate and strategies to beat procrastination. Then, teach them to Pomodoro their way to success!

Below lies Infographic #2 in the BRAIN-BASED LEARNING HACKS series I've embarked upon last week with Infographic #1 about the science of sleep and learning. Each one is fact and research-based and intended to be a resource for educators and students. If you are an admin, please SHARE THEM WITH THE OTHER EDUCATORS in your building/district. If you are a teacher, SHARE THEM WITH YOUR STUDENTS.

Much of the information is inspired by what I learned from a Massive Online Open Course or MOOC through Coursera and University of California, San Diego named "Learning How To Learn" developed by Dr. Barbara Oakley. I strongly encourage you to watch her TEDx Oakland University Talk on "Learning How To Learn." In my infographics, I combine what I learn with personal experience as a middle school and high school teacher to make K-12 learning accessible to all students.

Think of them as brain growth hacking tools. So, without further ado, welcome to BRAIN HACKING 102!

If you are unable to view this infographic, you can access a high-resolution version here.

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Do you wish your students didn't procrastinate? Do you procrastinate yourself? Do you know any other strategies that may be helpful in fighting procrastination? Please share any useful ideas in the comments below!

Thanks for reading/looking and I hope you enjoyed this post. Please share it with other educators and especially young learners who have no idea and need to know. They might even enjoy it. I will feature the third infographic: "Brain Hacking 201: Hack Your Memory" in my next NEWSLETTER, so please SIGN UP if you would like to receive some tips on how to help your students improve their memory and retention of information.

And Remember: You have the power to change the world. Use it often.

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Oskar is a teacher and and an author of "Crush School: Every Student's Guide To Killing It In The Classroom." Oskar specializes in brain based teaching and learning strategies to help students become better learners. The book can be used by Teachers to help students learn more effectively, and Parents to help their children become more aware of how they learn.


Oskar has a BS in Earth and Environmental Sciences and an MA in Teaching. He teaches high school Chemistry and Principles of Engineering. His professional interests are brain based learning, flexible seating in middle and high school (#StarbucksMyRoom founder), social-emotional learning, social justice, and using technology to enhance learning.


He is also a fan of the Jedi order (and uses DA FORCE frequently), ninjas, and the superhero in all of us. He is on a Quest to Change the World, because he can. We all can.


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  • Jon Harper /  @Jonharper70bd
    Jon Harper / @Jonharper70bd Monday, 22 February 2016

    Oskar this is an important piece for me because I am very guilty of this and it causes me stress when I put off things I know I need to do. Instead of just chipping away at tasks, I put them off. But I am getting better and I appreciate your piece. Thank you. This is a cool series of posts you are writing.

  • Oskar Cymerman | @focus2achieve
    Oskar Cymerman | @focus2achieve Monday, 22 February 2016

    Thanks Jon. What I procrastinate with is grading papers (shhh...) - the most difficult part of teaching for me :-) But, even though I am not a fan of traditional grading schemes I've got to do it. Just not today ;-) On a serious note though, I am trying to bring my students focus to the process of learning, because if they can understand how they learn they can learn anything.

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