Motivation Tips from a K12 International Academy Student

Senior’s Perspective: How to Stay Motivated

By Janelle Chuah

Are you the kind of student that bursts with enthusiasm during the first few weeks of school and by the time you reach the middle of the semester, you start to dread school? If yes, you’re very much like me and don’t worry, do I have some tips for you on how to stay motivated! If not, keep reading because there might be some points you are missing out! Here are some of my tips, as a senior, to you to help you stay motivated and be successful in your courses:

· Set Academic Goals

Setting academic goals is more than just writing it on a piece of paper and leaving it tucked between your books. It means to keep it in your mind so that you will always have something to look forward to. There are long-term and short-term goals. Long-term goals can be something that is achieved within a year while short-term goals can be something that is achieved within a week. It’s good to have a mix of both so that you are always “on your toes.” Your academic goals doesn’t have to be huge, it can be something small such as trying to get a full score on 5 of your unit tests or to get 3 days ahead in your course. When you set a goal, you will find yourself determined to study. By the end of your term, it is important to know that it’s alright if you don’t meet your academic goals, as long as you give it your best, you should take pride in your work!

· Reward Yourself

You probably have heard these two words many times, but do you really practice it? Rewarding yourself after completing a task can be very satisfying and will, in fact, influence you to achieve more. Your rewards don’t have to be something like money, simply watching a YouTube Video is a reward. It really depends on what you desire the most. For me, I like to reward myself by spending 5 minutes on Facebook after completing 3 lessons or so. It is important to note that the reward system requires discipline. If you go for the reward before completing your task, you will notice that over time, the reward system will no longer be effective. You need to stick to the system and tell yourself that you have got to complete the task before you get your reward.

· Give Yourself a Pep Talk

I know that giving yourself a pep talk sounds weird, but it sometimes does work. To stay motivated, you need to change your mindset and reason with yourself. You can say “come on, you can do this, just five more lessons to go!” in your head every once in a while. It’s almost like you are your own cheerleader!

· Decorate Your Workplace

If you’ve been in the same workplace for a while, like maybe two years, it might be a good idea to change things up a little bit. It doesn’t have to be a drastic change like moving your workplace (although you are welcome to do if you want) but it can be minor things like moving your desk things around and adding a couple things that you like, such as pictures. You might even consider hanging the banner of your dream college or a poster that has encouraging words like “Keep Calm and Study Hard.” This change can bring you a new atmosphere and get you motivated. One tip is to try to make your place colorful because colors brighten your mood.

· Consult your Academic Coach

If you feel that you want some professional advice, talk to your academic coach! They will have some tips and advice that can suit your learning style. Academic coaches love it when you are honest about thoughts with them and in fact, encourage you to keep in contact with them constantly so don’t ever be afraid of communicating with your academic coach. !

It is important to be motivated to study at all times because it helps you to work at a constant pace which means that you will be less likely to fall behind schedule. These are some tips that I have for you to stay motivated. Some may work for you while some may not. It really depends on your learning style and personality. If you have any more tips to share with your schoolmates, feel free to share them in the comments!

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