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6 Tips to Keep Yourself Motivated to Study Better

Some students are naturally motivated to attend all classes, completing assignments on time and sticking to their study schedules. For most others, staying motivated throughout the academic year can be very challenging. If you have trouble keeping yourself motivated to get through yet another day of studying, there are several tips and tricks that can help.

Set clear goals and rewards

Rather than vague general goals, set concrete, achievable and specific goals. Break down large goals into smaller tasks that will seem more manageable and less daunting. When you complete a goal, reward yourself for your hard work. For example, for every study session you complete, reward yourself with a set time on the internet or your favorite show on the TV. However, your break time should be quick and must have a set time limit to ensure you don’t end up wasting more time.

Get rid of all distractions

One of the reasons most students can’t complete their tasks on hand is because they get distracted by their environment. Find a quiet place like a café or a library to study so you won’t run into friends. Switch off your phone or put it on silent so you would not be distracted by text messages or calls. Whenever possible, stay away from the computer since it is too easy to be lured away by e-mail forwards, videos and social media networks. If you need the computer to study, think about at least turning off the internet.

Organize your schedule better

Regardless of the task at hand, the best way to complete it successfully is by organization. Plan your week in advance to list out all the tasks you need to complete and the time you can allocate to each task. Having a set schedule will keep you on track and help you stay away from procrastination. However, it is also important to understand that packing in too much within a day can leave you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Use your resources and time wisely and organize your day based on your real priorities in life. Fun activities also deserve a place in your schedule so aim at achieving a healthy balance between play and work.

Find what inspires you

Sometimes you just need to find what inspires and helps you get through another day of presentations, papers and exams. For some people inspirational images and quotes might do the trick because regular affirmation helps them stay positive and take on any challenge that comes their way. For others, healthy competition with a friend works better. You may also want to read inspirational news articles, biographies of successful individuals or speak to a professor or a career counselor to help you stay on track and be more productive.

Find support from others

Since we are all social beings, we need to rely on others to be productive, stay motivated and happy. Having family and friends that support your academic goals can make a huge difference in your motivation levels. Try joining a study group if you have problems studying alone. Having someone by your side can also make boring tasks more enjoyable and fun. This in turn ensures that you do not lose interest in your goals and stay motivated.

Strive for improvement and believe that you can achieve anything

Always set realistic goals for yourself and accept the fact that all goals are difficult and require persistent efforts. If you are truly committed to your goals, you will definitely see results. Focus on self-improvement and continue to work on your goals regardless of how frustrated you might feel from time to time. Having the right attitude makes all the difference and if you believe in yourself, you can achieve just about anything.

10 Tips to Master Time Management & Succeed in College

In order to succeed in college, one of the first things you must master is time management. You’ll find that many exams, projects and general assignments are due around the same time. If you aren’t prepared for the workload, it will show in your grades. Here are tips to maximize the time you have.

1) Make milestones

Breakdown your workload into specific goals. If you have a project, write down all of the steps you need to complete in order to finish it. Write the date you plan to complete each step by. If you have an exam, divide the chapters or topics you need to study similarly.

2) Be present

When you set aside time to study, do just that. Turn your phone on silent or put it in another room. If you’re using a computer, log out of social networking sites and close all tabs unrelated to your work. Turn the television off. If you’re in a study group, stay on task. Dedicate your conversation to the topic at hand so you can move on.

3) Take 10

Take 10 minutes before you go to bed to plan the next day. Make a list of what you need to do and when. You’ll likely sleep better knowing that you have everything out on paper and you’ll wake up with a plan.

4) Prioritize

You don’t have to spend every waking hour studying to do well in college. Make time for friends and hobbies. Spend more time on those things when you’re able to and cut back when you have several deadlines to meet.

5) Organize

Many professors will hand you a syllabus the first day of class. Buy a planner and write major due dates in it. Use different colors for assignments, exams and other important items.

6) Find your fit

Some people find they study best first thing in the morning. Some enjoy studying in the library while others feel more focused at home. Find the times and places where you feel most focused and stick with them.

7) Surround yourself with like-minded individuals

This is not to say that all of your friends must share the same beliefs, major or background. Connecting with students in the same classes and those who maintain the same schedules can make it easier to manage your time. They may be more understanding of your schedule than others.

8) Pay attention

As simple as it sounds, paying attention in class will help you manage your time later. You want to grasp the topic being covered the first time around.  When it’s time to prepare for an exam, you can divide your time better by focusing on topics you struggled with.

9) Be proactive

If you don’t understand something, speak up. Ask questions in class. Make an appointment to meet with your professor or teaching assistant. Don’t waste time and avoid the topic out of fear, and don’t put off trying to understand it until it’s too late.

10) Let go

Let go of the things that no longer serve you and your goals. This may include hobbies, jobs or people. Don’t let what you used to want hold you back from making time for your new goals. Accept that it is okay to change and adapt to move forward.

Learning to manage your time in college will benefit you as you pursue a career after graduation as well. Take the time to learn what strategies work best for you as a student so and adjust those strategies appropriately when faced with similar situations in the professional world.

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