9 September 2015

Back To School: Staying Motivated


I understand what it's like to have to do something that you don't want to do and whilst you might not believe it at the moment, you make some of the best memories whilst at school. I also understand it's hard to stay patient and motivated in school when the times are exactly the best that you've been promised. So as part of my back to school fortnight, I wanted to put together a bunch of tips to help you stay motivated and see the bigger picture...

Values

Knowing why you are at school is important to make the most of your time there. Don't get me wrong, when you're told you have to be somewhere every day for 10 years of your life, the will to make the most of it isn't strong for most people. It wasn't for me. But as soon as I realised that if I didn't get focus on school then in half a decade or so I'd be in a job I hated even more than school.

Get a good night's sleep

Getting up at 7 am on a Monday morning when you've slept in until 11 over the weekend is hard. But it's not as hard if you've rested you body. Giving into the 7 am alarm when you went to bed at 10 pm the night before is much easier than if you stayed up that extra hour chatting to your friends on Facebook. I learnt that the hard way.

Work then play

Getting home from a long day at school, all you want to do is lounge in front of the telly. But then suddenly it's 10 pm and you have an essay due first thing the next morning. I found in school, that if I did my homework as soon as I got home, the work was still fresh in my brain from the lesson earlier that day. It meant that I even finished my work faster than if I left it until later that evening giving me more time to myself afterwards.

Reward Yourself

See a movie, bake some cupcakes or just sit and play the Sims 4 for a while. Studying is important but so is getting in some 'me time'. You could even set up a reward system "For every 300 words of the essay I write, I will get 20 minutes of watching PLL on net flicks. Treat yourself like you were training a puppy, a treat for every achievement.

Discover your learning style

Whilst you can't control the way a lesson is taught to you, you can make notes and refresh your brain later on in a way that is best for you and knowing what type of learner you are helps this process. There are 3 types of learners; visual, tactile and audible. I'm a visual learner, meaning I respond best to images, pictures and creative ways of learning. This wasn't great in lessons like English and Science, but it meant I could go home and re-teach myself in a way that stuck.

Do you have any more tips for staying motivated? Whilst school isn't something I have to worry about anymore, staying motivated to job hunt and complete other tasks I don't particularly want to do is difficult. I hope you've like my 'Back to School' series so far, there's one more post left, stay tuned, it'll be up on Saturday at 7 am.

Love always,
Melissa


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