How to Get Motivated for Studying?
Even though studying benefits students in many ways, many of us are sick and tired of sitting in a chair all day staring at a screen or learning how to write an essay “the right way.”
We need the freedom to do what we like – or, if we can’t have that, we desperately need motivation! When asking yourself, “why am I attending college?”, or, “what’s the reason I’m majoring in this field?” you should be able to come up with satisfying answers.
If that doesn’t happen, depression could soon take over you. So, coming back to our topic – what’s the key to increased fulfillment and better school results? That’s right, motivation!
If you are attending college just to pay the bills, this won’t be enough for you to graduate. But hold on – don’t think about dropping just yet! If you are already attending college, it means that – in one way or another – you are privileged. Take advantage of that opportunity!
Check out these next tips on how to get motivated for studying!
Think about the WHYs
The first thing you need to do is ask WHY. Why do you procrastinate? Why are you not motivated? What makes you feel this way? What is the cause of your emotions?
You might not be able to come up with quick responses and that is totally fine. Take as much time as you need to figure this out. After all, it’s the most important process of them all. If you know your anxiety roots, you can track your overall development and find out what bothers you at the deep level.
Also, list the things that you want to get out of college. Some good examples could me, “I want to learn how to make new friends,” “I want to make an important contribution to this area of interest,” or “I want to become a free essay writer and travel the world.”
With those in mind, your journey has already become easier.
Make it easier, break it down!
Breaking your work down into chunks will make the studying process less anxiety-provoking and more structured. When tasks seem overwhelming, there’s no motivation to get started.
It’s just too much to deal with, so why start in the first place? “You’ll do it later.” Nope! Start now and finish at least 1/8 of your work. You’ll soon get the taste for it, trust me. And if not, go back to point number one.
Use a personalized reward system
If you’ve heard of Pavlov, you’ve probably heard of classical conditioning. Try it on yourself to see if it works! Every time you do something worth rewarding, reward yourself without thinking twice!
You got an A on your exam? Go on a road trip with your friends on Sunday! You’ve finished your free argumentative essay about bullying? Party like there’s no tomorrow!
Organize the information presented
Lack of motivation goes hand in hand with poor organizing skills. If you do not know how to manage your time wisely, you probably don’t even know where to start.
Creating a mind map or a to-do list might make the job easier for you. Start with the least important tasks you must complete and finish with the most relevant ones.
Write deadlines right next to each assignment and then, plan everything out! Use highlighters if you need to!
Understand the topics, don’t regurgitate the information
Most students believe that reading a journal article and writing a paper on it is just enough to satisfy the requirements. That’s true –the school requirements are indeed met, but how about personal requirements?
Think about your answers on point one and see what your real motives are. Why do you want to succeed in college? Is it because you want a good life or because you simply want to become a good essay writer? Is it because you want to learn something specific and become the best at it?
Pick your options and work hard for that. In the end, it’s about quality, not quantity, and you can’t work well if you are not even interested in the subjects you are discussing.
Take constant breaks
Make sure you don’t burn out as soon as the first week of school is over. Take constant breaks, eat healthy, exercise, and be connected to yourself at all times.
Using spaced learning is a great idea, especially in college, when deadlines after deadlines pop up. During your breaks, try to stay away from your phone – instead of scrolling down on Instagram, take a nature walk or a salty bath. It’ll make your day better!
Find study buddies
If you cannot keep yourself responsible at all, it’s time to start looking for a study buddy. I’m sure many of your friends would be happy to help, but make sure you are not distracted if working in this colloquial setting.
If you need someone trustworthy to rely on, ask a professor to check on you from time to time. That way, you’ll definitely keep motivated!
Don’t think about results: practice mindfulness!
Focusing on the process rather than on the result of the process should be a priority. When we are studying, it’s difficult for us to immediately see the progress of our hard-work, which is why we become disappointed and start feeling demotivated.
One good way to focus on the process is practicing mindful meditation each day!
Work smart, not hard, and stay engaged by using the above tips! The most important thing is to know your WHYs and diversify your studying process. Making it fun will always save the day!
Ray Campbell practices mindfulness each day and is increasingly motivated to do the hard-work. Ray’s number one passion is helping people become better versions of themselves.