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Motivation

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  • 1. GETTING AND STAYING MOTIVATED LUNCH AND LEARN STUDENT SUCCESSEven if you’re on the right track, you’ll get runover if you just sit there. - Arthur Godfrey
  • 2. Motivation is the academic glue that holds everything together It’s tempting to blame a lack of motivation on others – a boring professor or an annoying roommate – but YOU are responsible for your own motivation! No one else can motivate you if you don’t have your own internal motivation. But motivation can be fleeting, and you need strategies to tap into your motivation….. So let’s get motivated!
  • 3. Setting Goals Students who set goals – long and short term – are more motivated to complete those goals. Chances are you already set goals for personal things like losing weight and exercising, but you can and should set academic goals as well. Having defined goals can also help you become motivated in classes you don’t particularly like! So before each semester begins, jot down 3 goals you’d like to reach within that semester.
  • 4. Always make sure your goals are… Specific – Are your goals clearly defined?  Clearly defined goals keep your eye on the prize Measurable – Are your goals clearly measured?  Measurable goals help you track your progress Realistic – Can your goals be reached?  Realistic goals are more easily achieved Flexible – Are my goals adjustable?  Life is always changing and flexible goals can help you adjust to these changes as needed
  • 5. Different Types of Goals Setting short term and intermediate goals will help you better achieve your long term goal…  Short Term – Learning 10 new words in French every week  Intermediate – Learn the basics of French in a year  Long Term – Studying abroad in France
  • 6. Process Goals Process Goals are goals that describe what we will do to reach our desired outcome These goals help us reach the short term and intermediate goals on the way to our long term goals A process goal for learning French vocabulary would be to make vocabulary cards – without these cards, your short term goal may never be met
  • 7. Goals need to be set at different levels Set goals so they are a tiny bit beyond your grasp, but not so far that they are completely out of reach Reaching slightly challenging goals can do wonders for your motivation! Remember to consider factors around you when setting your goals: tiredness, family/social commitments, and other outside influences The better you set your goals, the more motivated you’ll be!
  • 8. Suggestions for Getting Motivated Break up big assignments into smaller chunks Use the five minute rule  Work on something for 5 minutes, once you get started you will find that you won’t stop after the set time Set goals for each study session Reward yourself Seek help if you need it
  • 9. Suggestions for Staying Motivated Use intrinsic and extrinsic motivation Add variety Organize a study group Keep a schedule Use positive self-talk Take breaks
  • 10. Suggestions for Reviving YourMotivation Reevaluate your goals Add more choices to your life Relate schoolwork to your life Seek professional help if needed Don’t hibernate Prioritize
  • 11. Keep tabs on your motivation Try to recognize when your motivation breaks down and what things led you to become unmotivated Once you are able to see what affects your motivation, you will be better able to make adjustments to keep your motivation soaring!

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