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Staying motivated

To be successful in your studies, it is important that you are self-motivated as you won't be getting regular check-ups from your lecturers regarding where you are up to on your assignments or studying. With lots of interesting and fun things going on in your first year, it is easy to lack motivation to stay studying, and tempting to become distracted by other activities. Motivation can come in many different forms and there is no right way to motivate yourself; just find a way that works for you. Forms of motivation include:

  • For your own self-achievement
  • For a reward
  • To avoid failing
  • To make your parents proud
  • To get to the next stage in your course
  • To gain entry into a particular course

Motivation boosters and busters

Some classes at university are really interesting and you enjoy them so much that you don't need any extra motivation to study. Sometimes, however, you may not be quite so interested in a particular paper or subject and you may need some motivation strategies. Some things you could try are:

  • Draw up a study plan or make a 'to do' list
  • Reward yourself for every completed task
  • Take regular breaks
  • Try studying with a friend
  • Try studying somewhere different

Want to know more?

For more information on motivation strategies check out HEDC Student Learning Development online resources or talk talk to one of their staff