How to Motivate Yourself to Study

practice gre questionsGetting motivated to study is no easy feat, and is the question most often at the front of a student’s mind, whether they’re in grade school or have just started college. To achieve good grades you can’t just rely on what you have been taught in the classroom, all schoolwork should be reinforced with home study so that you can better remember it. But this is where it gets tricky. At home there are constant demands on your time, whether its football practice or a family to care for, a part-time job or even loud siblings which make it impossible to even begin to study. The first step is to motivate yourself, you know you should be studying but it’s up to you and only you, who can take the first step. This course is fantastic and it teaches you how even a small achievement, everyday can lead to you achieving anything that you want.

To get motivated for studying there is no easy fix. Often, a project or assignment is going to leave you feeling less than inspired, or a subject is just plain boring. But there are a number of different tricks you can do to make studying a little bit easier, and start making progress today!

Create a Study Area

Pick a room where there is relatively few distractions from your work. A room in your house is great, but often people like to go to the library or a cafe where they don’t have their family around and can escape any excess noise or distractions (like your brother wanting to challenge you on the Xbox!). You should also avoid anywhere that you know your friends will be hanging out.

Get the Right Supplies

Have everything you need, whether its notebooks and pens and paper, highlighters and Post-it notes. Once you start studying you don’t want to have to stop to go buy something else. You also want to have a bottle of water on hand, as you’ll be more productive when you’re not thirsty, and some small snacks like nuts or a granola bar will keep you energized. Don’t have fast food, because it gives you a quick energy rush, but you’ll feel sleepy afterwards.

Set Yourself Up for Success

Being organized is key, and in addition to the right area and supplies, you need to take good notes during class. Keep all of them together and organized, because you can then use them to help you out with your homework, and any exams that are coming up. If you can’t keep up with what your teacher is saying, try taking your notes in class in pencil, and re-write it later in pen so it’s easier to read.

Lose All Distractions

Wear comfortable and loose fitting clothes that don’t constrict you, no matter how you plan to sit at your desk. Girls should tie their hair back, to avoid having to constantly brush it from their eyes. Turn your cell phone on silent, or even off, and let them know beforehand the time you’re planning to study so they’re not concerned if they cannot reach you immediately. If you’re trying to build study habits into kids that can’t sit still, this recent post teaches how to calm your kids through meditation which will help give them the core focus to apply themselves to their studies

Switch of Your Computer

Unless you absolutely need it for studying, put your laptop away, because it’s a massive hazard to your productivity. Just checking one email, or reading a single piece of celebrity gossip can quickly turn into a wasted hour of work. A good way around this is to print off any articles or information you need, or if you absolutely must be on a computer, switch off your internet connection so you’re not tempted to just quickly go and check your Facebook feed.

Make Goals for Your Study

For each study session, have a specific goal that you can achieve. This could be completing a chapter of your textbook, doing a certain number of practice questions (and getting them right) or rewriting your notes from a certain class. When you have goals to strive for, studying is much easier, as we all love a good challenge.

Give Yourself Rewards

Once you complete your goal, give yourself a pat on the back and a small reward. This could be a snack, a quick walk outside or 5 minutes checking your phone. If you’ve completed your study session, you can go do whatever you like. Go hang out with friends, or enjoy an ice cream – whatever it is that makes you happy. Just be careful if you haven’t yet finished studying and you give yourself a break. You need to be strict and set a time limit, otherwise that “5 minutes” can easily become 20 or 30 or more, and your studying will going to suffer.

Be Positive

Don’t dread your study sessions because they’re boring. Instead try to consider what you’ll gain by studying. Visualize yourself getting good grades on a test, receiving praise from your teacher or your parents, or the college you’re going to be able to get into. Studying can be boring, but the end result is what motivates many people to put their efforts into it.

Create a Schedule

“I’ll do it tomorrow ” is a common reason that people give when they put off studying, but it is a definite problem when tomorrow never comes. If you set a specific block of time aside for studying, and force yourself to use it you’ll have better results. This also helps with procrastination, as you can plan out what needs to be done and not leave it to the last minute to study for a big exam, or pull an all night session to get that assignment done. This course is another asset you have to check out, and gives practical advice for acing your exams.

Don’t Watch the Clock

Put your watch in your pocket, and if you’re using your computer hide the system clock so that you’re not agonizing over every minute you spend studying. Once you start getting into your work, the time will fly past.

Ask for Help

If you’ve hit a wall and you can’t figure out a particular problem or issue in your class work, ask your teacher. They’re paid to teach, so make the most of it! Better still, many of them actually want you to succeed, and they are happy to help you. Many younger kids worry what their peers may think of them if they do this, but remember it’s better to actually know the information than to pretend you understand. Little kids are the ones playing make believe, you need to really learn it.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

It’s almost impossible to concentrate when you’re running on fumes, and late nights partying does not balance well when you need to put in many hours studying the next day. Aim to get at least 8 hours sleep a night, because its during your sleep that your brain rests and consolidates everything you learned during the day, which is essential to help you remember everything your studying.

Just Get Started

Study schedules, plans and goals can make the entire process seem harder than it really is. Once you actually get started, you’ll often surprise yourself at how much work you can get done. This can be something small, just to get yourself off the couch and moving. Stand up and go clean your desk, wash the dishes or even make yourself a coffee. This little action of getting yourself moving will make it much easier to get started. Once you’re moving, you can work up to studying. It’s always better to do a little bit today, than to do nothing.

Tackle the Hardest Task First

If you really want to set yourself up for a productive day, tackle the hardest thing on your to do list, first. Once you’ve done it you’ll be relieved, and it will give your self-confidence a boost for the rest of the day, which will make you even more productive.

Find a Hero

There are plenty of people out there that are inspirational in what they have achieved despite the limitations in their life. Find someone you relate to and learn a little bit more about them, and what kept them motivated during hard times. Often, you’ll realize they are just like all of us, and are a fantastic source of inspiration. If you want to take it literally, this course is great because it talks you through how to achieve superhero motivation and happiness in your own life.

Getting motivated to study is no easy feat, but with the right techniques you can easily overcome your own procrastination. If you still need more help, this course has many additional techniques for mastering your study habits. Once you start getting into it, you’ll feel happier, as you challenge and stretch yourself with new learning, and the best part is that your success will soon follow.