Motivation in your studies: this is how you can do it!
Written by: Christina Pichler, 05.11.2020
Written by: Christina Pichler, 05.11.2020
If you just had a very stressful phase in your studies, due to a recently passed exam marathon for example, it is quite understandable that you do not feel like jumping any further. Enjoy the feeling of achievement for previous good grades. We should definitely celebrate ourselves and be proud of how far we have come already! When we become aware of previous successes, the motivation usually increases all by itself, because we can see that all the effort is actually worth it.
Sometimes tasks seem so big and unsolvable that they are somehow threatening. You hardly seem to be able to cope with it and you find yourself wondering if you can actually do it. Motivation is lacking, sometimes panic starts to spread. Examination phases are the perfect example. Nevertheless, you can put an end to this horror very easily. Try to divide big topics into small steps. This automatically shifts your focus to the next sub-goal, which will be easier to achieve. If we think in small, doable steps, we do not only have the feeling of making progress, but the big goal is getting a little closer every time you complete a task as well.
Do you want to finish your master’s thesis by summer or complete your homework right after the compulsory lectures? Then talk about it with people close to you. They will keep asking you about your goals and will look forward to your progress with you. Even if you are not making good progress or are in need of a few words of encouragement, you will surely find the necessary help and support for your motivation here.
You can’t do things the way you want to? Do you constantly miss deadlines or are you just getting things done on time? Is everything too much for you, which is why starting is already a big hurdle? The whole thing has a name: procrastination. To prevent this from happening, find suitable solutions to better structure yourself. Set clear priorities and find ways to use notes, plans or calendar entries to keep track of what is currently important and what you want to achieve each day for example. Of course, these daily goals should be rewarded! Also, be aware that once you start, things tend to get easier. Postponing them usually only makes you worry more. What are you waiting for?
Student life is often portrayed as if everything were carefree and relaxed. You hang out in student bars all the time, live in a wild flat share, have fun at sociable student dormitories and skip lectures all the time. However, that is often not more than a cliché. Active studying is really demanding. For example, if you are barely making ends meet financially and low-paying part-time jobs take up a lot of your time, you can try spending a little less money here and there. By the way, you can live frugally as a student with these tips.
If you suffer from great fear of exams, if your private life is crazy at the moment or if you simply live with the wrong people, life as a student can be really stressful. It is only logical that your motivation will vanish and your worries will overshadow your enjoyment of studying. Try to find personal solutions and eliminate triggers. Be sure to work on these burdens before your studies and your motivation continue to suffer.
Everyone is different in what actually helps in the respective situation. The best way to find out for ourselves is usually to think about it. All of these tips can be well-intentioned ideas, but what motivates you personally, you can only find out for yourself. Maybe a good coffee and a little break is enough to get you motivated to go back to studying. Maybe you need some exercise to regain your motivation or you simply need a long phone call with a good friend. Once you have found your personal strategy, it is great to apply it to all sorts of situations in order to find your way back.
Of course, motivation does not appear magically, it is a very individual matter. We at STUWO hope that our tips can help you to find your own personal motivation strategy.
We wish you a lot of fun and good luck with your studies.