What can immediately motivate me to learn
5 tricks on how to motivate myself to study
“I hate the exam! I hate studying! I hate this week! I can't do it anyway! I won't even start… “Do you feel weak and demotivated as soon as you think about the fact that you have to study? I usually start tidying my closet, tidying up my room, cooking food or doing something else just to keep myself busy (I am simply looking for reasons not to have to study).
So that you don't bury your head in the sand before you start learning, you should take a few minutes and read the rest of the blog to finally get yourself up for learning and leave the listlessness behind you. 5 tricks on how to lock your demotivation towards learning in the basement once and for all.
Getting started is a good start © Jessica Lewis / Unsplash
# 1 Make learning your personal challenge
It sounds strange, but I was looking forward to my Matura. Yes, although I had to learn, I was looking forward to it because I made it my personal challenge and just wanted to do it as well as possible. That brings us to the point: You should like it. Sure, not every test is perfect, but try to find something good about it.
Do you often say to yourself: “I can't do this?” Or “I don't want to”? Remember, it is your opportunity to prove what you have learned and what you can do. Prove it to yourself and your professor / teacher. If it is you who have chosen a profession or a direction, then it can only be you who fight for it.
I find that not feeling up to something always means that the obstacle is too great or that there is not enough self-confidence. If you say you don't feel like it, it's a lot easier than admitting to yourself that you might not be able to do it at all. Get behind it and prove to yourself that you are strong-willed enough to pull something off. After all, you didn't start everything only to fail, did you?
# 2 Prepare yourself a reward
How great would that new pair of shoes be? How I would like to have just this dress? How would I like to go on vacation again? No matter how big or small your reward that you give yourself will be, it is your decision. Rewarding yourself is one of the most important activities in life. You feel valued, valued by yourself. A reward can be a great motivation for learning, especially if you don't see anything positive in an exam anyway. If you are not good at handling rewards and money yourself, let your friends help you!
It is important that YOU choose and give yourself the reward and not expect it from others. After all, it is your personal achievement that you should be proud of. Do not expect something from others, but make up your own mind.
But don't always reward yourself, otherwise you will get so used to it that you will become addicted to it, or that suddenly you will not be able to do anything without a reward. A reward is good when something extraordinary, something special or a real hurdle has been overcome. When you look at your reward, you will also always be aware that this reward shows you your personal strength.
Sometimes my rewards are shoes, sometimes a day of shopping, sometimes a wellness weekend. But if I reward myself for the whole semester and all of my achievements, then, like this year, it can be a new MacBook Air or, as last year, a week's vacation in Greece.
# 3 Always have the goal in mind
Never lose sight of the goal and the reason for your exam and study. For me, every day of learning is a puzzle piece of my exam and every exam is a puzzle piece of my studies, my further career, my advancing future. Without this exam, I might never be ... a teacher? Never a doctor? Never a kindergarten teacher? Never a nurse? Never an editor? Never self-employed?
No matter what you do or what you are learning for, and even if you don't see a lot of sense in the subject matter, it makes sense and you need this exam, because it takes you further to your goal and that's why you want to do it and create it. I find that a few hours of study are never as bad (especially in retrospect) as shedding one's dream.
# 4 Try to tell yourself that the topic interests you
If the subject is the scariest thing in the world, there has to be something interesting and at some point you will need it. You just don't know exactly when and how. What if you imagine that you suddenly find the partner of your dreams and that is exactly what he specializes in? Then you can (at least partially) score points with your knowledge.
Our minds are also designed to believe what they are told to believe. Tell yourself: I'm interested, at least until the exam. If you say it to yourself loudly or softly enough, your head and body will believe it at some point. So just trick him.
# 5 Think of optimal learning conditions
How are you supposed to study tired, drained and well on a chaotic desk in a cluttered room? I cannot study at all if I have too little sleep or if I am in a mess with my study matters. My tips for optimal learning conditions are sleep, exercise and the right diet.
When you're not sleeping, you don't have any brain cells ready to do an effort for you. You need to give your brain and body enough time to relax. You can only be motivated and focused when you have had a good rest. It will probably take you four times as long to learn a chapter if you have no rest. I love to treat myself to a break, a break or a power napping of 10-15 minutes after an hour at the latest. After that, my brain is ready again to soak up everything for me.
Before or after studying, I always need a little exercise - be it to process what I have learned or to balance my body.
When I exercise, my brain is much more powerful and I also do something for my body.
After eating fatty foods, the body is so busy processing it that it has no strength left for anything else. I therefore recommend eating light food and drinking enough (water, tea, juice or coffee). For the non-coffee drinkers among you: Black tea always makes me a night owl: P. In addition to learning, small snacks, fresh fruit or chocolate also have a very encouraging effect on me and inspire my motivation to learn: “Chapter finished? Off to the chocolate piece! "(So much too small a reward in between!; D)
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Motivation is more important than intelligence
Are you afraid that you might not be able to do it at all? The fear increases with every challenge or test that you do not believe you are capable of and that is a shame. What about getting help from relatives, acquaintances or friends or at least getting an overview with YouTube videos? Often you just don't have the perspective. For me, “not being able to” usually merges with “not wanting to” and that forms a vicious circle from which I can only get out if I sit down and go through my “step-by-step instructions” for learning Let go of your head and just give it a try.
In order to perform well, intelligence is not the most important thing, but motivation, i.e. to WANT to perform. I am positively elated when I have achieved something, regardless of whether it was a big or a small challenge. Love the feeling of "being proud" and save it so that you can remember this feeling when you next study or the next exam and strive for this feeling again. I usually feel depressed when I haven't faced an obstacle. Nobody can take that away from me anytime soon. However, if I've tried and failed, it's not that difficult to be proud of yourself anyway, because you've at least tried.
Did the tips help you a little? Come on - show it to your next exam!
I live in Carinthia and am studying to be a teacher at the University of Klagenfurt. I like sports and am a very open person. I am very ambitious in my studies and sports, which is why breaks and travel are important to me. I love to travel, to discover the world and to get to know new cultures and people.
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