Anonymous said: How do I become motivated to study? I used to be really motivated in high school and used to get good grades but now I just don't want to do anything I just want to sleep and I feel awful when I don't study but when I try to study it's like nothing will go in my head and I end up having to read things over and over again all the time. The thought of failing used to scare me enough to motivate me but it's not enough anymore... -V
Here are some tips that may make you find studying easier:
- Find a quiet room without any distractions- so leave your mobile phone and anything else that will distract you out the way.
- Have lots of colour pens, felts, pencils- honestly it makes things so much easier to stick into your head having bright colours.
- Mix up your studying- If you just read notes it can get boring and repetitive and nothing will stick in your mind so try something else. Such as making posters, writing notes, reading your notes and writing down what you remember in one colour then going back and adding in a different colour all the things you missed and keep repeating that, do practice essay questions.
- Set realistic goals that you have to achieve whether that is to complete one practice question in a certain amount of time or write 2 pages of notes.
- Reward yourself when you complete that goal maybe 5 minutes on your phone or a snack (if you chose the phone option you have to be strict to just use it for 5 minutes)
- Do little and often which should help you a lot. Do 10-15 minutes of solid work and take a 5 minute break instead of doing a hour or 2 of hard work because you’ll concentrate and remember more in the shorter time than the longer time.
- Don’t study the same subject/topic for too long, you’ll get bored and you won’t remember it all if you do it that way.
- Write post it notes and stick them over the house of encouraging messages such as ‘failing is not an option’ ‘I will pass’
- Make a study schedule that is realistic to stick to which will make you accountable.
It could be something more serious than you think so it may be worth going to the doctors and seeing what they say. That way they can give you correct help and treatment you deserve and you may start feeling better. It sounds like me like the symptoms of depression but because I am not a doctor I can’t diagnose you so you’ll have to go see a doctor and see what they say.