5 Simple and Effective Ways to Increase Your Motivation
What’s the one thing that +99 ATAR achievers have that other student’s lack?
Motivation! This is the key ingredient to a successful academic year. Without it, you won’t be able to retain key information, participate in class discussions, or study effectively to perform well on your exams.
Students can lose motivation for a number of reasons. They might be not be interested in the subject, they’re dealing with personal issues and distractions in their life, or they have problems with how the teacher is presenting the information.
Does this sound familiar to you? You’re not alone.
It’s very common for students to lose motivation at some point during their studies. But it takes a unique approach to identify the cause of the problem and come up with an effective solution. To help you out, we’ve compiled a few tips that can improve your motivation, find more joy in the learning experience, and overcome the many challenges of academic life.
- Be Realistic With Your Goals
The thought of tackling a major essay in a single sitting can be daunting. If you find yourself lacking the motivation to complete a big project, try breaking it down into bite-sized tasks.
For example, when writing a 2,000 word essay, break down the content into easy-to-digest sections: introduction, body paragraphs, and the conclusion. From there, start writing your essay and reward yourself with shorts breaks after you finish each section. If you like, you can also space out the process over several days and perform the final edits leading up to the deadline.
Take into consideration the exact requirements of your project and establish smaller goals that are reasonable based on your skills, experience and the amount of time you have. This way, you avoid the risk of putting it off until the last-minute and submitting a poorly rushed assignment.
- Reward Yourself
Everyone deserves to treat themselves once in a while. Not only are rewards fun, they’re a great motivator to help you get more work done, and they provide a refreshing break from the monotony of schoolwork.
However, be sure to choose rewards that motivate your spirits. If the prize isn’t appealing, you won’t have the desire to put in the extra work.
Whether it’s enjoying a light snack, listening to your favourite music or watching a few clips on YouTube, choose rewards that are appealing to you and are likely to push you to reach higher.
- Manage Your Anxiety
Anxiety and stress can be a major problem for students. For some, the demanding workload and meeting the expectations of parents and others is too overwhelming. This can lead to reduced productivity, feelings of self-doubt, and a lack of motivation.
For those who are struggling to cope with the pressure of academic life, it’s a good idea to seek help and advice from a parent, guardian, teacher, or close friend. If your support network is limited, you can also talk to a school counsellor who’ll help you overcome academic or personal issues you’re currently facing in life.
Sessions with a school counsellor are strictly confidential and you get unbiased support from a licensed professional who understands the many challenges students at your age face.
- Mix Up the Formula
It’s no secret that studying and doing homework gets boring. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for the same one-dimensional routine every time you study.
Are you tired of studying in the library every day? Organise a study session on a sunny day in the park. Is scrolling through the textbook putting you to sleep? Find another way to digest information about the topic you’re studying. Watch a documentary, listen to a podcast or binge-watch some educational clips relevant to your subjects on YouTube.
Changing the scenery every now and then can improve your level of motivation and help you be more enthusiastic about the learning experience. Just make sure the changes are improving your productivity… not distracting you from the important tasks.
- Make the Experience Relevant to You
We’ve all heard this question before, “When am I ever going to use this in real life?”
It’s a valid point. After all, why bother learning something if you’re not going to use it outside of school? The truth is, everything you learn in school has an impact on the way we live – the problem is many teachers fail to make the learning relevant to their students.
There are two ways to find relevance in a topic you’re learning about: either find an emotional connection to the subject, or relate it to information you already know.
If you already love playing sports, you may be interested to know that mathematics plays a huge role in different sporting events. For example, coaches often use mathematics to draft the best players, calculate the likelihood of winning a game, and set up round robin tournaments.
By drawing a connection from an otherwise uninteresting topic (sorry, maths) to something that is interesting, you can improve your chances of retaining information, being more motivated to learn, and perform better on your final exams.
What keeps you motivated? Let us know in the comments below!
Share this with friends
Copyright © 2018
All Rights Reserved.