Is it hard for you to get motivated to study?
Let’s face it…
It’s so easy to watch just one more YouTube video, or to scroll through your social media feed just one more time.
But your exams are approaching. They’re getting nearer by the day.
You have a rising sense of panic, but you don’t know where to begin. The more you panic, the harder it is to get to work.
If this is the situation you’re in, keep reading.
In this article, I’m going to explain 23 proven strategies that successful students use to motivate themselves to study.
Get ready to say goodbye to procrastination!
1. Discover why you procrastinate
Procrastination is a complex problem that can have many different causes.
Here are some of the most common:
- You’ve convinced yourself that your homework is beyond your abilities
- Putting off your homework is a way of rebelling against your parents or teachers
- You’ve decided the topic is boring
- You’re waiting for the “perfect” time to start
- The task has become so overwhelming that you don’t know where to start
Understanding why you procrastinate is a key first step to getting motivated.
Spend some time reflecting on what makes you procrastinate. This will enable you to identify which of the following tips will help you the most.
2. Break the material down into chunks
A major cause of procrastination is that the task ahead seems overwhelming.
That’s when you need to “chunk down”.
Break down each task into small chunks.
Assign yourself a certain number of those chunks each day. Suddenly, you’re no longer faced with a scary task, but rather a series of manageable chunks.
A chunk might be reading three pages of your textbook, completing five multiple-choice questions, or finding three reference articles on the Internet for your paper.
3. Reward yourself
Every time you complete one or two chunks, reward yourself with a short period of relaxation.
It could be five minutes on your favourite smartphone game, a short walk, or playing the guitar.
Rewarding yourself with short and enjoyable breaks is a key part of the “chunking down” technique. [Read more…]