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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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!
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
Suggestions for Staying Motivated Use intrinsic and extrinsic motivation Add variety Organize a study group Keep a schedule Use positive self-talk Take breaks
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
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!