How to Motivate Yourself to Study for Exams
Motivation is the propeller that will drive you to the path of success. Most of us dream of being successful in our lives. But very few of us take the necessary steps to reach our goal. For others, it’s a dream forever. You need to understand that, Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. ~ Arnold H. Glasow. For achieving success, it is important to stay motivated. When the urge to succeed comes from within you, it is a big powerful factor that would lead you to get what you want. To stay motivated and achieve a target, you first need to keep your mind sharp and positive. No one can ignore the importance of education, and it is very important to motivate yourself to study for your exams. Though we get help from our parents, teachers and other well wishers to score well and acquire academic knowledge, it is in our hands to implement the action, in order to achieve success.
How to Motivate Yourself to Study
Remind Yourself about the Consequences of Not Scoring Well
You need to understand that your academic history is very important in each step of your life; right from your college admission to job. It you don’t score well, you may not get admission in a good college or get a job of your choice, and you may have to compromise with your career. Tell it to yourself that, It is my life and I need to work hard to achieve what I want. It is not only you who is going to suffer because of your poor performance, but also your parents. So, when you compare the consequences of not scoring well with the effort you need to put now, you will surely get motivated to open your textbooks and start studying.
It is hard to digest this fact. Many of you think that, ‘enjoying studying’ is a paradoxical statement. No, it is not. Studying and learning things is never hard, if you enjoy and perceive the purpose in it. There are many subjects which you can learn for fun such as general science, physics, history etc. It’s still doubtful, whether to include maths among fun and interesting subjects. So, try to comprehend the merit in your subjects and learn them.
Associate Yourself with Good and Hardworking People
It is true that friends play a significant role in shaping your career. When you associate yourself with bad and irresponsible people who care the least about their education, it is likely that they may rub off on you. The positive waves from good and hardworking friends, will motivate you to study well.
Set a Rational Deadline to Meet the Required Targets
Once you set your finishing line, it will be easy to work on it. When you set a target, your direction towards studying will be controlled and organized. Intelligent accomplishment can be acquired only when your input (studying) is linked with your target. At the same time, don’t set a deadline that is much ahead of your capability. Before setting your target, consider the factors such as your ability, stamina, difficulty level of the subject you want to study and exam date. Don’t get too excited, and set a target such as completing your whole syllabus in one day. If you are capable of doing it, good, however, if you are not able to, it will demotivate you, instead of the other way round.
Utilize the Early Morning Hours
Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it. ~Richard Whately
It has scientifically proven that our brains work at its best during the early morning hours. The freshness that you feel in the morning time, can be found nowhere in the rest of the day. During the morning, you can study some subject whichever you feel is complicated, because the grasping power of the brain will be more during this time. The point is, once you gain confidence in a difficult subject, you can easily go on with other subjects and excel without much effort.
Note: Don’t try doing this, resting on your down comforter or trying to study beside someone who is having a good sleep in the early morning, because undesirable psychological effects can overtake you.
Know that Time is a Precious Thing
It is an undeniable fact that time is a valuable thing. Study now because this is the right age and never let the clock tick away your life without any purpose, success or prosperity in it.
Organize Your Study Room
This is a psychological way of getting motivated to study and to avoid distractions while you study. Keep your study room clean and well-organized, so that you will feel like studying peacefully. Arrange your textbooks properly in your book shelves.
- Procrastinate your course of study.
- Keep your cell phones and other gadgets while you are studying. They consume all your time without your knowledge.
- Get intimidated if your friends are running ahead of you.
- Miss the lectures of good and efficient teachers.
- Let anyone say that you cannot do it.
“Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer” ~ Proverbs 30:25. From where do these ants get their motivation? In what way we can say that, we have been created or evolved, that makes us inferior to them? Let’s put our thought on this. Understand the importance of education and hard work, and you will certainly find your way to success. I conclude this article with the words of Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam (former President of India), who is a beloved teacher and scientist of India, ~ “… dream is not what you see in sleep, it is something that doesn’t let you sleep”.