Whether you’re in high school or in college, finding the motivation to study can be a real challenge. Sitting behind your desk and keeping your head down can be the hardest thing in the world. And especially so if the topic in front of you doesn’t interest you in the slightest. Well, I’m here to help you with that. The following tips are easy to follow and implement.
“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”
― Atwood H. Townsend
How To Get Motivated To Study
1) Remember Your Why
For me, this is the number 1 motivator that I use all the time and that you should utilize as well.
It can work if you’re in high school, college or as an adult. If you have a good enough reason for doing something, simply remind yourself of it. Constantly.
You’re studying so you can have a better future and a better job or career or your own business.
If you’re still in high school or college, you might not be motivated AT ALL to study. I feel you, I’ve been there. Even at 37, I can still remember high school and college days like it was yesterday. Was I a great student? Well, sometimes. Most of the time I was bored as hell, as was the rest of the class. Would I have done things differently the second time around? Sure. Hindsight is 20/20 of course. But I digress.
You can be motivated by acknowledging that this is just a stepping stone into adulthood and your actions or inactions can steer you in a right or wrong direction.
2) Relive Past Successes
We’ve all had some success in life no matter how young we are. Was it an A that you got for a big essay, or maybe you passed a difficult exam you thought you never would or was it something outside of school that made you proud at one point or another. Relive those (small) moments of glory and feel how you felt at those moments.
Remember how great you felt and seize the motivation to study from that.
3) Use Time Blocks
If you’re having trouble with focusing for prolonged periods of time, use time blocks to stay motivated and focused on the task.
Set a timer for 25 minutes that you’ll use for studying separated by 5 minutes of rest.
You can test different combinations of time blocking like 60/10, 90/20, 120/30 or whatever you think will work for you.
That way you can study for an hour let’s say and then be 10 minutes on Instagram watching stories.
4) Reward Yourself
This is vital to your studying success. You have got to give yourself a pat on the back after a great studying sesh. Be proud of yourself for working hard and give yourself a matching reward. Big reward for big success and a smaller reward for a more humble success.
By acknowledging your achievements and rewarding them, you’ll have more motivation to study.
Rewards can range from a piece of chocolate, a pint of beer or an episode of your favorite TV show.
5) Understand And Acknowledge The Dip
Once you start learning a new subject, even if it is interesting in the beginning, it will be followed by a period of struggle and effort. This is what Seth Godin calls the Dip. It can be found in almost every facet of life. And even more so in universities. Almost every school has that one notorious class in the first year that is there to separate the cream from the crop. It is simply so by design.
He points out that we can greatly increase our chances of success by preparing for the inevitable dip. If you recognize it for what it is – a passing period of extremely hard work and dedication, you’ll have a somewhat easier time of tackling it.
“It’s easy to be a CEO. What’s hard is getting there. There’s a huge Dip along the way”
― Seth Godin
Success comes from embracing the challenge of the Dip and pushing yourself to the limits. Finding ways to overcome challenges is what makes an activity stimulating and rewarding. You can not only survive the Dip but you can thrive in it. The key ingredient is the one we’re all lacking a bit in today’s modern world – patience. Patience and grit will take you a long way!
Read Seth Godin’s book summary and thousands more on Blinkist.
6) Visualize Success
This is a technique that a lot of super successful people use – visualization. Your goal is to visualize not only the goal but also the process needed to achieve your goal. Try to imagine in great detail all the steps you have to accomplish to get to the end goal (a good grade or a passed exam or even further down the line – a finished project or throwing your hat in the air at graduation).
You want to prep your brain by visualizing the process of learning but try not to get overwhelmed. If you start to feel anxious by the sheer amount of studying you’ll have to undertake, start to think in great detail how the successful outcome will look like. Feel the relief of your fist-pumping in the air, or imagine the phone call to your parents or partner. Visualize as much detail as you can. Remember how it feels like, looks like and even smells like.
Have this mental image of success in the back of your mind and come back to it several times per day until you’ve reached your goal.
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7) Case Study
If you’re having a difficult time with a topic you need to learn, try to use case studies to help you understand the subject in a more palpable way.
Case studies are an important way of illustrating theories and can help show us different aspects of a topic at hand that we need to study. There is a reason why law schools and medical universities use case studies in teaching students.
Research the subject you’re trying to learn to find a different angle that can help you understand and remember the topic more. Can you relate to it somehow? Can you relate to the author maybe? Anything that could make it more interesting and tangible will help your brain retain the knowledge more.
8) Turn. Off. Your. Phone. (Sorry)
I know. I get it. We’re all addicted to them by know and frankly, there’s no going back. We work and we play on our phones. There are so many legit jobs out there right now that you can do with only your phone. No laptop needed. Sometimes, I’m writing this blog straight from my phone, either by using voice recognition or by simply typing. I can even make graphics for articles on it.
But if you’re not going to use your phone to work or study, this one’s a no brainer. Your phone is just a source of too many distractions. Notifications, messages, emails are a real pain in the ass when you’re trying to study or work. If you’re using your phone for music or as a timer, at least put it on airplane mode or put it screen down and in silent mode. For some folks, the phone shouldn’t be even in the vicinity.
Motivational Study Quotes
“Every beginner possesses a great potential to be an expert in his or her chosen field.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita
“If the journey you started was worth doing, then quitting when you hit the Dip just wastes the time you’ve already invested.”
― Seth Godin
“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything.”
― Vince Lombardi
“Assiduity, it means to sit down until you do it. Commit yourself to your work and study.”
― Lucas Remmerswaal
“If you have only a day to live; fill it with study and sex.”
― M. F. Moonzajer
“Don’t wish it were easier. Wish you were better.”
― Jim RohnStudy motivation
“Some people dream of accomplishing great things. Others stay awake and make it happen.”
“To acquire knowledge, one must study;
but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”
― Marilyn Vos Savant
“Let us study things that are no more. It is necessary to understand them, if only to avoid them.”
― Victor Hugo
“Patience and grit will take you a long way ”
― Adrian Volenik
“You can’t study the darkness by flooding it with light.”
― Edward Abbey
“Study hard, for the well is deep, and our brains are shallow.”
― Richard Baxter
“Never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later works belong.”
― Albert Einstein
“People who are ready to learn are those who will be the best to lead.”
― Israelmore Ayivor
“The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
“He who studies but does not think is lost; he who thinks but does not study is dangerous.”
“Being a subject matter expert on one subject alone will get you respect, but not a well-rounded perspective of the world.”
“Research without study is lame, study without research is blind.”
― Khalid Masood
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
― Beverly Sills
“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”
― Thomas JeffersonStudy motivation
“Tougher preparation makes better performance easier.”
― Constance Friday Elias
“A good investment of your time is studying to become better at what you do daily”
― Sunday Adelaja
“If someone had told me I would be Pope one day, I would have studied harder.”
― Pope John Paul I
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
― “Babe” Ruth
“Make a pact with yourself today to not be defined by your past. Sometimes the greatest thing to come out of all your hard work isn’t what you get for it, but what you become for it. Shake things up today! Be You…Be Free…Share.”
― Steve Maraboli
“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”
― Thomas A. Edison
“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”
― Jimmy JohnsonStudy motivation
“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”
― Kevin Durant
“If you work hard and study hard. And you fuck up. That’s okay. If you fuck up and you fuck up, then you’re a fuckup”
― Justin Halpern
“It doesn’t matter how great your shoes are if you don’t accomplish anything in them.”
― Martina Boone
“No one ever drowned in sweat.”
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.”
― Barack Obama
“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
― Albert Einstein
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
― Beverly Sills
“Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”
― Salvador Dali
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
― Winston S. Churchill
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ”
― Walt DisneyStudy motivation
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
“The biggest wall you have to climb is the one you build in your mind: Never let your mind talk you out of your dreams, trick you into giving up. Never let your mind become the greatest obstacle to success. To get your mind on the right track, the rest will follow.”
― Roy T. Bennett
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
― Robert F. Kennedy
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”Study motivation
― W. Clement Stone
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
― Vincent Van Gogh
“…wanting change is step one, but step two is taking it.”
― Isaac Marion
“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”
― Winston S. Churchill
“The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.”
― Woody Allen
“You are here to make a difference, to either improve the world or worsen it. And whether or not you consciously choose to, you will accomplish one or the other.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
― Napoleon Hill
“If you ever find that you’re the most talented person in the room, you need to find another room.”
― Austin Kleon
“Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.”
“Fall. Stand. Learn. Adapt.”
― Mike Norton
“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see.”
― Alexandra K. Trenfor
“Every year, many, many stupid people graduate from college. And if they can do it, so can you.”
― John Green
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”
― Oscar Wilde
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
― Malcolm X
“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead.”
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