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Visualize yourself on stage, Graduating with honors. Write on your mirror and refrigerator,
I am so prepared for my class because I know the material. .Say it out loud every time you see it Your subconscious will believe you and you will find yourself making it come true.
The best way to keep motivated is to give yourself a goal to attain. Yes, there is always the goal of an "A" but give yourself a personal goal to attain. For example, tell yourself you are going to study at least 1 hour, 3 nights a week and if you do this successfully, you can hang out with friends on Saturday night. Have someone close to you hold you accountable for what you and keep a log of all the times you study and for how long. Evenutally, studying will become more of an everyday task (like brushing your teeth) and less like a task that is optional.
Self-motivation can be tricky. I have completed a Bachelors, a Masters, and I am currently working on a PhD. Each degree required different applications of motivation.
The first thing I would advise is not waiting to the last minute. It only took me half way through the second degree to figure that out. Breaking your studying up into smaller portions can be much more motivating. This can also apply to homework or assignments that you need to complete. I don't respond well to "cram" sessions and have found them to be a waste of time (for me).
Depending on your level of education, some things are going to require more time to study. When I have a long bout of studying ahead of me, I like to break it up into 30 minute or 1 hour intervals. I cut myself of from anything that could distract me for the duration of that time. I also set my timer so I am not constantly looking at the clock. Once my studying interval is up I have the same amount of time in a "down-time" interval. I do anything that removes my mind away from what I am studying. I do this for about 4 to 8 hours, again this is for my level of work. You can adjust the intervals to what works best for you and how long you can stay focused. Sometimes I need strong motivator like telling myself I will get a new pair of shoes if I get a certain grade on a paper or I can go out when friends when this is complete. It all depends on what appeals to you and makes you do things that you really may not want t do.
Some other tips are:
-Don't try and study while hungry
-Try not to study on the bed or laying down
-Try meditating before studying to get you in a more focused mood
-Have a lite snack near by that you ca nibble on while you study
-Flash cards of key points for on the go. This makes it easier to study later on when you already know some of the major points.
These are a few things that have worked and still work to help keep people focused and motivated, and hopefully they are helpful to you.