Night Against Procrastination aims to combat last-minute cramming

Though the Night Against Procrastination (NAP) has taken a new form this year, the chance for students to get ahead on their assignments will not be postponed.

With on-campus gatherings still out of the question due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the popular late-term gathering, which is hosted by A-Z Learning Services and annually welcomes nearly 400 students for an evening of academic support, will take place virtually Thursday, Nov. 19 from 6 p.m. to midnight.

With an online home on SAKAI that will feature tabs participants can navigate in and out of easily, NAP will include many of the academic and extracurricular sessions students may remember from past events.

“We know the value of connecting,” said Brock’s Manager of Learning Services Maggie Whitfield. “Right now, it’s easy for students to feel isolated in their own course and journey. Joining together online brings a certain energy. We work towards a common goal, while acknowledging a holistic approach.”

Thanks to partnerships with numerous other units across campus, NAP participants have access to tutoring, workshops and individual consultations with an array of specialists in science, math, business and writing.

A-Z Learning Services tutor, peer mentor and workshop facilitator Keisha Appiah-Kubi, a third-year Biology and Psychology student, was once an NAP attendee. She’s eager to now offer the same assistance to participants that she once received as a first-year student.

A-Z Learning Services tutor, peer mentor and workshop facilitator Keisha Appiah-Kubi will be working as a science drop-in host at Brock’s Night Against Procrastination.

“Reaching out for study buddies can be hard, especially when all of your classes are online,” she said. “An event like NAP brings like-minded people together to collaborate and learn new study strategies.”

As a science drop-in host, Appiah-Kubi is looking forward to the social interactions the evening provides.

“I’m excited to meet and help new people online,” she said. “I can’t wait to hear about what they are learning and to help them improve their study strategies before exams.”

In addition to academic workshops focused on study plans, time management and increasing concentration, participants can also pop in and out of 15-minute synchronous and asynchronous break sessions offering yoga, Zumba, cooking, snacking and more.

Whitfield said the evening helps students to avoid a last-minute crunch.

“There is a myth that people work better under pressure, but it’s not true,” she said. “You just work under pressure to meet a deadline. When I did an assignment earlier and gave myself time to process, I shocked myself with what I could do.”

As the evening approaches, Whitfield hopes students from all Faculties will consider taking part.

“It has the same energy as the first week of class,” she said. “You can feel that push to get your assignments under control and quickly access all of the necessary resources at a time when it’s really needed.”

Students interested in taking part in the Night Against Procrastination must RSVP on the event’s ExperienceBU page.

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