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How to get motivated to study

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Keep these tips in mind next time you need motivation to study.

Keep these tips in mind next time you need motivation to study.

Getting motivated to study isn’t always simple, especially if you’re not interested in the subject matter. But guessing on tests isn’t going to get you good grades, so getting familiar with the material is a must. Need help finding the motivation? Here are 10 tips that will help you get studying in no time:

1. Stop making excuses
Whether you’re too tired, not in the mood or simply don’t care enough to study, you need to squash those excuses right off the bat. There’s no justifying why you don’t want to do it. Excuses aren’t going to get you the straight A’s you promised your mom!

2. Set goals
One of the most powerful ways to get yourself motivated is by establishing goals and objectives. According to Planet of Success, setting short-term and long-term goals can keep you stay focused and enable you to study for as long as it takes to make the grade.

3. Quit procrastinating
When the test date is given out a month in advance, don’t wait until the last minute to study. Cramming the night before the test won’t guarantee an A. Plus, it’s much easier to recollect information if you study over a long period of time.

4. Turn off your smartphone
Between texting, social media apps and everything in between, your smartphone is a recipe for distraction. Do yourself a favor and turn the thing off while you’re studying.

5. Form a study group
Find a group of classmates and form a study group before the big exam. But be sure to choose people who are as dedicated and driven as you are. A study group made up of all of your friends can turn into a mindless hangout session quickly, so choose wisely.

6. Just do it
Stop waiting until the clock reaches the exact hour to start studying and just do it! The more excuses you find to begin, the less likely you’ll make any progress.

7. Turn on the coffee machine
If you start to feel a little drowsy while you’re studying, just turn on the coffee machine and drink a fresh cup for a jolt of energy.

8. Eat a healthy snack
If you’re not much of a coffee drinker, reach for a healthy energy-boosting snack. Consider these suggestions from Health magazine:

  • 1/2 cup sliced banana and 1 tablespoon peanut butter.
  • 4 whole-grain crackers and 1 tablespoon hummus.
  • 1/4 cup dried fruits and nuts.
  • 6 ounces plain non-fat yogurt and 1 tablespoon granola.

9. Call someone for a pep talk
Need a motivational boost from a bystander? Fizzle recommended calling a friend or family member who knows how to lift your spirits for a quick 10-minute pep talk.

10. Reward yourself
Maintain high levels of motivation by rewarding yourself once you’ve made it to the end of your study session. You can treat yourself to your favorite dessert or maybe go on a little shopping spree.
Whatever you choose, you deserve something special for accomplishing your goals!

Don’t make yourself study for hours on end without a little break. Wear your favorite BABY-G watch and set an alarm to go off every 60 minutes for some time to unwind.

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