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How To Motivate Yourself To Study: 6 Steps To Gain Motivation

OSAU Team

Isn’t it frustrating when you have an upcoming exam but, somehow, you can’t find your study motivation?

Losing the motivation to study is definitely normal for everyone—whether you’re a student, or a working adult. Most of the time, the consequences of experiencing a lack of motivation can affect our studies, so you need to get back on track no matter what.

It might seem hard at first, but luckily, we have here a few simple tips and tricks to help you get your study motivation back!



How To Motivate Yourself To Study: 6 Steps To Gain Motivation


Tip no. 1: Clean your room or your surroundings.

Did you know that housecleaning is actually therapeutic? So cleaning your surroundings can make you more focused and motivated to study!

According to a research conducted at Princeton University, disorganization caused by clutter and mess can make it hard for someone to work on certain tasks such as studying or working. The study summarized that our brain can be pressured when we see too much stuff around us, especially when they are unnecessary in finishing our tasks. For example, a full trash can, food stains on the floor, or cluttered paper on our study table can make us lose our focus and feel distracted. So take some time to clean your room, your table, and your surroundings to boost your study motivation.



How To Motivate Yourself To Study: 6 Steps To Gain Motivation


Tip no. 2: Make a timetable and set realistic goals.

One of the many reasons why you’re losing your study motivation may be because you’re too pressured with your workload. This may cause you to overthink and worry that you are unable to finish your tasks on time.

In relation to our first tip, pressure isn’t only caused by physical objects—it can also be a result of mental/emotional stress. But how do we clear mental and emotional clutter? That’s right! We have to set realistic goals by creating an organized timetable.

Allocate a certain amount of time in each task. Eliminate a few tasks that can be postponed and work on easier tasks first. Don’t pressure yourself to finish everything in a day as this will only put too much pressure on you and can make you feel more rattled. In addition, you might get disappointed if you are unable to finish the tasks you set, especially when they’re unrealistic. As a result, you will end up being more unmotivated. So always make sure that you make a realistic timetable and work on them slowly.


How To Motivate Yourself To Study: 6 Steps To Gain Motivation

Tip no. 3: Use body language.

Did you know that body language does wonders? Apart from the fact that it can help you express yourself to others in a non-verbal way, it can also help your mind in thinking accordingly to the way the body feels.

For example, if you slouch too much, you may end up being lazy all day. If you act happy even if you’re feeling a little gloomy, you may find yourself smiling at the end of the day. In this case, if you want to feel motivated, then act like it! Stop slouching, sit up straight, get your game face on, and show some confidence! The science of body language proves it all.


How To Motivate Yourself To Study: 6 Steps To Gain Motivation

Tip no. 4: Just start doing it and start with a POSITIVE attitude.

When we have too much to do on our plate and we feel unmotivated, finding the drive to start may be the hardest step. But if you think about it, it’s the simplest solution to your problem! You just need to learn how to focus on one task at a time.

Let’s say you have three papers due tomorrow. That’s a lot and you feel pressured without doubt. But the only way to reach the finish line is to start walking!

So start one page at a time and take it easy. Before you know it, you’ll be surprised that you have revised all of them! To add on, you will find it easier to start if you start with a positive, energetic, and enthusiastic attitude.





How To Motivate Yourself To Study: 6 Steps To Gain Motivation

Tip no. 5: Make studying FUN and CREATIVE!

Making fun study sessions can be done in a lot of ways! For example, through the internet, there are a lot of educational games available online. You can also ‘play’ with your study buddies to make studying more enjoyable.

Some people also look for other creative ways to tackle the boredom in studying. You can create poems, songs, and even draw illustrations that can help you better understand your materials. In general, your study motivation has a higher chance of being boosted if you make studying more fun. Your choices are never limited as long as you keep an open mind!





How To Motivate Yourself To Study: 6 Steps To Gain Motivation

Tip no. 6: Reward yourself!

A theory in psychology called behaviorism states that rewards or ‘positive reinforcements’ are good motivators.

Let’s say we want to teach good manners to young kids. Since children may not easily grasp the idea of helping others for the sake of helping, a lot of parents use rewards such as candies, toys, treats, and gifts to reinforce the good behavior shown by the kids. Soon enough, these good behaviors will be part of their principles as they grow up.

This isn’t limited to young minds! In your case, when you are having unmotivated days, you can come up with rewards for yourself! For example, if you finish your workload within the day, you can watch your favorite film or series, play a video game, eat good food, or just have a good and relaxing rest.

In general, do something rewarding after accomplishing your tasks. After all, You deserve it for all the effort you’ve put through in your work, especially, when you’re struggling with your study motivation. It must have been exhausting but rewarding yourself will make you feel better.


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Do What Works For You!

These 6 tips are just some of the tricks to getting your study motivation back again. Since each person is unique, our coping mechanisms will vary. For a start, use these as a guide and observe which works best for you. And of course, for these to work effectively, make sure that you are genuinely committed. Eventually, you’ll find yourself not just having the motivation to study, but also the desire to learn more.


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