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Welcome to FOCUSmates, your anti-procrastination solution!

Welcome to Focusmates

Your anti-procrastination solution!

Focusmates - the anti-procrastination program

Questions and Answers

A focusmate is another SPSCC student who has requested a focusmate (self-identified as having procrastination challenges). The goal is that you will both keep each other on track with meeting deadlines. Almost all students have taken or are taking CCS101 so you can apply the time management skills you learned in that class, only with help from a partner.

Fill out the FOCUSmates Application. We’ll notify students of their match sometime between April 4-22. The sooner you apply, the sooner you get your match.

We want everyone matched up by April 22. If you apply after that, we’ll do our best based on availability.

Absolutely no cost to you.

If you want your focusmate to keep your participation confidential, please ask them to do so. All focusmates should respect requests for confidentiality (though you can reveal your own participation if you like).

That is up to you and your focusmate. The expectation is that you will be in contact at least once a week. You will be matched up with someone who indicates they are willing to spend about as much time as you.

The librarian will send a list of ideas as a launching point to discuss with your focusmate. Probably the first thing to do is make and exchange your calendars, whether it’s for a week, a month, or the whole quarter. You and your focusmate will decide what to do from there.

You can if you both want, but this is not expected or required.

You will receive an email from Sarah Kaip between April 4-22. Your focusmate will be copied on the email, and instructions on how to get started will be attached. The sooner you apply, the sooner you get notified.

This could possibly happen. The first thing we’ll match is how much time you want to spend. Next, we’ll look at what classes you are taking but will not know from which professor. Then we’ll match by pathway if possible.

If you get someone in one of your classes and that’s uncomfortable, email Sarah Kaip at and she’ll try to find you a new focusmate. Let her know as soon as possible as the longer you wait, the harder it will be to find a replacement.

This is also up to you and your focusmate. You can communicate via text, email, Zoom, social media, in-person, whatever works for both of you.

You can email Sarah Kaip at and request a new focusmate. We’ll do our best to find you a new one. In rare cases, we may put 3 people together so that everyone who wants a focusmate gets one.

Just one quarter.

If you and your focusmate want to keep going, you do not need to reapply. If you want a new focusmate for fall quarter, you can fill out the form again.

That’s ok. This is to try to help you. There are no consequences from this focusmate program. We want this to be a positive experience for everyone, so all focusmates should refrain from judging, criticizing, threatening, and punishing.

Assume your focusmate is doing their best. Some people are dealing with personal problems and/or mental health issues while trying to better their lives by pursuing a college degree, so be as encouraging and supportive as possible.

More Questions?

Contact Sarah Kaip at or 360-596-5258. Or stop by the library. Spring quarter hours are Mon-Thur 9-4.