Best Ways to Get Motivated to Study
It is no secret that studying is one of the best ways for students to improve their grades. Each year, schools and colleges all across the country offer workshops, classes and advice for students who want to improve their study skills. Of course, knowing excellent study techniques won't do you any good at all if you can't get motivated to study in the first place. Procrastination is often a student's worst enemy. Luckily, motivating yourself to study isn't as difficult as it might seem.
Make it Easy
One of the best ways to motivate yourself to study is to make it easy on yourself. You can do this by keeping your desk clear and free of clutter and distractions, the drawers stocked with study supplies such as highlighters and note cards, having your “study snack” stash already filled and nearby, and a glass of ice water within easy reach. This eliminates the need to constantly distract yourself with getting up to collect all of those necessary items time and time again, derailing your train of thought. Play some upbeat, instrumental music in the background to help you focus.
Have Clear Goals
One great way to motivate yourself to study is to set clear, concise goals for yourself. This includes both short and long-term goals. A great short-term goal may be making an 'A' on an upcoming exam or test, while a long-term goal may include a career you want or a GPA you want to graduate with. When you set a clear goal, you will be more inclined to sit down and do what is necessary to meet those goals. When setting goals, it is important to keep several things in mind:
- Write your goals down, or create a “vision board” or other visual reminder of what your goals are to help keep them in the forefront of your mind.
- Avoid any negativity or vagueness in your goals
- Make a plan for achieving your goals
- Have a clear reward in mind for when you reach or finish a goal.
Set a Timer, and Reward Yourself
Create a time limit for each study session, and have a specific reward in mind for staying focused and accomplishing your study goal. For example, you may decide that you are going to study for two hours, then reward yourself with some online time or a video game. Or, choose any reward that you find to be appropriate and fun. This gives you something to help redirect your attention when your focus starts to waiver.
The Halfway Stretch
It never fails – about halfway through your study session, your attention will likely start to waiver. You may find yourself constantly checking the clock to see if your study time is over, or you may find that you have read the same material several times without really absorbing it. This is a clear sign that your brain needs a short break. One of the best things you can do to get back on track and renew your focus when this happens is to get up and do a few quick stretches. This helps give your brain a quick burst of energy and will allow you to focus for the remainder of your study session.
Just Do It!
At some point, you may have to simply exert your sense of self-discipline. Studying is work, and while you can make it easier and more attractive, you will still have to muscle through and make yourself do it. Just remember, that sitting down and getting it done means that you get to enjoy all of the activities you actually want to be doing without worrying about needing to study. Usually, you will find that once you have actually gotten started, studying is not nearly as difficult as it seems. Make studying a habit, and you will be meeting those goals in no time.
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