Prioritize assignments Rank assignments from most to least important. Knock out assignments that are most
important and have the biggest impact on your grade, while motivation is still strong.
Once those are completed you can move onto the smaller and less important ones and
breeze through those. Typically, students have the highest level of motivation when they
first start their schoolwork, completing the most important assignments first, can
help to boost your grade!
Create new techniques to challenge yourself If you're bored in the environment that you always do your schoolwork in, and it is
causing your motivation to sink, mix it up and challenge yourself to something new!
Tired of studying in your dorm? Find a quiet, shaded table on campus to study. Too
hot to study outside on campus? Try out the bookstore, or an area of the union. Change
up your routine and increase your motivation! If you always study your homework with
the same routine, mix it up and study notes in a different way. Make quizzes for yourself,
or speak the information out loud. You can also try and take a walk while studying
to keep your body and mind going at the same time!
Set Realistic Goals Break down any large and scary task by putting the information into chunks and setting
goals to indicate when you will complete them. If large amounts of work cause your
motivation to dwindle, make goals realistic, so that you know you can conquer them
in the time allotted! Make sure you are being realistic though; setting goals that
are unattainable will just drop that motivation right back down. Tip: Use our Weekly Planner to help you lay out all of your classwork before you start
to establish your goals.
Find a Social Support Network Find groups of people to surround yourself with that can help you maintain the goals
you have set for yourself. Whether they are professors, your friends, your parents,
or the staff at the Center for Academic Success. Find people that will help you to
stay on track and keep you motivated!
Acknowledge Your Accomplishments Treat yourself! Be sure to reward yourself when you complete your goals. Take a long
break from studying, go have a nice meal, or even take a walk outside. Just make sure
to appreciate yourself for working so hard.
Identify your distractions and weaknesses, i.e. cellphone, laptop, email, social media.
Once you have identified those, be sure to avoid them while doing schoolwork.
Minimize outside distractions and noises. Try some noise cancelling headphones and
force “Do Not Disturb” or “Airplane mode” to become your best friends.
Minimize the time. Do not punish yourself from your phone and computer for too long.
Time yourself to study for 30-50 minute increments at a time, at the end of your 30-50
minute study session, allow yourself 5-10 minutes of break time.
Make sure when you break to not just stay in your seat looking at your phone or laptop.
Grab your phone and go talk a quick walk or go grab a snack!