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5 Self-Control Strategies for Students

studying photoIn my summer class, Making and Breaking Habits, we brainstormed a list of self-control strategies, including:

  1. Don’t study in your bedroom! Yes, it’s private, but it’s also full of temptations such as toys, video games and your nice, cozy bed. Students should be working at the dining room table (typically a big, bare table in an under-used room).
  2. Plan your day, in writing, in advance. Don’t ever be caught thinking, What should I be doing now?…your planner (paper or online) should tell you.
  3. Make your plans specific. Not Study, but Go through notes and make flash cards for history test.
  4. Remember to plan the small yet important details, such as Find index cards and put them in back pack.
  5. Schedule your leisure time, too! What, specifically, in writing, will you do with your free time? Not Relax, but Play new video game from 8-9PM.


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5 Self-Control Strategies for Students

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS is an educator, counselor, writer and speaker. She's been a tutor, test prep coach and home school teacher for over thirty years. Click HERE to visit Leigh's website and to subscribe to her newsletter, "Learning Something New."

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Cousins, L. (2015). 5 Self-Control Strategies for Students. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 22, 2020, from


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