Why Can't You Motivate Yourself To Study? Five Tips From Top Students To Turn It All Around

By Lachlan Haynes

There is no question that it is very hard to find the energy and drive required to get study done when you don't know how to motivate yourself to study. Motivation and passion go hand in hand, but it can be extremely difficult to get passionate about studying!

So instead of telling you that motivation should come easily to you, we are going to provide you with some wisdom that has been provided by students just like you. Here are five tips you can use to move your study forward - especially when you don't feel like studying!

Tip One. Become very aware of your thoughts. We have thousands of conscious thoughts every day. Thoughts such as "What's for breakfast?" or "I will never get this study or assignment done on time!" Thoughts such as these must be carefully monitored and controlled. Why? Well, if you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you can't. It really is that simple. Start changing the way you think by replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. Use thoughts like "I can do this" or "I'm always making progress" or "I always get work done on time!" The more you say these things to yourself the more they will become ingrained in your psyche.

Tip Two. Visualize all your successes. Imagine you have achieved everything you want to achieve? You have finished school. There is no more study. You are living the life of your dreams. How good does it feel? Well guess what? The first step to achieving your dream life is to get your homework done. That's a fact. So visualize your success and then do what it takes to make it happen.

Tip Three. Take small steps consistently. The demotivating part of most tasks is that they seem so huge and hard that it seems pointless even getting started. But that's the trap you must avoid. If you have to write a 1000 word essay, then start by writing just 50 words. That's only one paragraph. You don't have to write it all in one go you know! Break it down into parts. Your worry will only disappear when you take some action. So take some small regular action and remember that repetition is your friend.

Tip Four. Surround yourself with study buddies. If you can find others who are experiencing similar things to you there is no doubt it will help calm you down and see that you are not alone. But the best part is that study buddies will give you their own words of wisdom and tips about how to get the work done (not to mention hold you accountable for getting it done!) It is highly motivating when you team up with others and make a commitment to getting the task done.

Tip Five. The more you do the closer you are to the end. We've all been there. Work just seems to constantly pile up and no matter how much you get done there is always more work to do. But the thing to remember is that every day brings you closer to completion. When you hand in an assignment you have ticked a box. When you sit a test or exam you have ticked a box. There are only so many boxes you have to tick before your study days are over. Your life will not be like this forever. So start ticking boxes like crazy and before you know it they'll all be ticked!

There are many ways to motivate yourself to study. The most important thing about motivation is to find what works for you and start taking action every day. Good luck!

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