- January 10, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Study Tips
Motivation is all about wanting to do something, whether it is study or something else. To really want to study you need to figure out exactly why you are doing it. Do you want to get into a popular university course or is it something more internal like wanting to challenge and prove yourself? Any motivation is valid – as long as it works for you.
Once you have figured out why you want to succeed, you need to set high but realistic goals. While it is important not to expect too much from yourself (as this can eventually lead to disenchantment and failure) it is equally important not to underestimate yourself. Know that you are an intelligent and able person who is only limited by your ability to dream. If you understand the effort involved and are willing to make the necessary sacrifices then there is nothing stopping you from reaching that dream.
Sometimes even the most dedicated and motivated students find it is all getting too much, and are tempted to either give up or lower their expectations of themselves. In these tough times it is good to have a plan of action to help you out. Perhaps making colourful posters reminding you of your motivation and ability will remind you that there is light at the end of the tunnel – as well as being a fun way to break up your study.
It is also important to keep what you are doing in perspective. If you are aware that you are studying ineffectively it is probably time to take a short break. Go and grab some healthy food or perhaps make a quick call to a friend. Talk or think about anything but study during these times – that way you will be able to study to your full potential when you return.
A system of reward for effort is also a good idea. Set yourself goals for your study periods and when you achieve them reward yourself. A points system might be useful – for example five reward points might qualify you for a trip to the movies. As long as you remember that you can do well and why you want to do well you will do well!