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  1. 1. Business, IT and Engineering Division Learning to Learn Motivation 1
  2. 2. Contents pageMotivation 3Symptoms for lack of motivation and coping strategies 3 2
  3. 3. MotivationMotivation is either internal or external: you can either be self-motivated, where the drive todo something comes from within or be motivated by others, or by circumstances outsideyour control.The better kind of motivation is internal since you are doing something because you want to,not because you have to.You are at college becasue you want to be and because your area of study is the one youhave chosen.It is normal that you may not always be able to maintain strong motivation and there may bedips in your enthusiasm at various times as you meet different challenges. The maindifficulty then is not having motivation in the first place, but in maintaining it.Symptom Possible coping strategyTemptation towards other Establish a routine, studying at the same time eachactivities: this happens to us all week. Regular progress becomes automatic.and it usually revolves around thechoice of more pleasant optionssuch as going out with friendsProcrastination: you may be The hardest part of a task is starting it: the longer youputting off doing your delay, the harder it becomes to start. Once you haveassignment. This is a delaying begun you will find it much easier. Remind yourselftactic and is often a sympton of about your long term goalstemptation. It works sometimesbut places events in the wrongorder – reward should come afterthe taskLethargy: you may feel from time It is important to look after yourself and your time that you do not have the Burn-out can account for lost motivation and taking onenergy to work too much, not eating properly and not getting enough sleep will all have a part to play. Build leisure into your study plan. Be consciuos of your body rhythms and work patterns and decide in which part of the day you are at your best. These are the times you should reserve for study‘This is going to be difficult’ It will be difficult is your tell yourself it is. OnceI don’t think I understand this understood you will wonder why you found it so difficult in the first place. Talk to your tutor‘I’ve too much to do’ Remind yourself why you are here and your end goal. Having a goal to work towards is the greatest motivator of all. Make a list of things to be done in order of priority.You reach a less interesting Don’t be too hard on yourslef. It is normal thatpart of your studies sometimes you will make slower progress. Be patient. Most things develop in fits and starts over time. Do only a little at a time. 3
  4. 4. Symptom Possible coping strategy‘I’ll never do that’: expectation You can do it if you break it up into manageable chunksoverload, leading to panic and well before the deadline. Completing tasks in stages is(partial) shutdown much less worrying and emanding that trying to do them all at once. It also contributes to better quality‘I’m not as good as others on it is better to compete with yourself than with others. Bethis course’ concerned only with your own previous performance, not with your fellow students. If you are making progress, isn’t that all that really matters? Your confidence will grow as your progress through the course 4