We all know it takes a special set of skills to motivate yourself to study. And by study I don’t mean checking your phone every 2 minutes or endlessly scrolling through your Facebook feed until you decide that 5-minute-turned-45-minute ‘study break’ is over. Without any further due, check out our suggested tips.
- Challenge yourself
No, not with ice buckets. While you may not be very fond of a specific topic or don’t see how you could sacrifice even only 10 minutes of your time for today’s homework, it helps to understand the importance of general knowledge in the bigger picture. Sometimes a little change of perspective already does the trick. As plain as it sounds, positive thoughts and a positive mindset will take you places.
- Set (realistic) goals
The smaller, the better. And again, same applies here: not “hashtag relationship goals”, but the actual meaning of the word. In order to avoid disappointment and set-backs, you should set achievable goals. Also, do not try to embrace everything at once, but rather aim to become an “expert” in certain fields and areas. If that 25-page paper is overwhelming you in a way that you don’t know where to start, don’t focus on the final number, but break it down into small sections.
- Avoid distractions
Learn to say no. There is a time for everything in life and sometimes what has to be done, needs to be done. Period. Real friends will understand, Netflix won’t go anywhere either, only that WhatsApp group of yours might (and will) explode meanwhile. A simple key to success: determining priorities, ranking assignments in the order of their importance, devoting more energy towards those that have the greatest impact on your course work and grades. Your time is precious, so the right management is crucial.
- Look for support
Whether it is in Ryan Gosling, strangers on the internet or a motivating article ( like this one for example 😉 ). Your family, friends and mentors are also there to give you guidance. However, if you feel like you’re not getting enough encouragement from them, you can always join or form study groups. For some this is the best way to stay focussed, develop new skills and share ideas.
- Reward accompishments
Yes, even the smallest ones. Your fellow students might not face the same difficulties when it comes to studying than you do. Once you’ve figured out the right motivators for yourself, the rest comes easy. Always have the bigger picture in mind and turn each step into an achievement.