“I’ll be learning tomorrow. I will learn everything and I’ll be fine.” How many times did you think this was the moment when you were aware that you were waiting for an extremely hard exam at the college or at school? Usually, it’s going to be or it was a ‘tomorrow’ plan because it is extremely difficult to motivate yourself for learning, especially after a long period of “fight” with the chair.
We bring you ten strategies to raise motivation for learning materials, and thus achieve better results and be more satisfied with yourself.
1. Create a “contract”
Make a small deal in your head. If you are aware of the amount of work you are taking and what you need to do, secure the sanctions if you do not match with the agreement and do not pass the exam. This also applies in the opposite direction. If you pass the exam, have a higher goal that will motivate you to really sit and learn.
Arrange for yourself to afford something you want, but don’t do it right away, cause you don’t have time now. You have the exam now. For example; going to a concert or specifically planning to go out with your friends.
2. DON’T wait for inspiration to come
You are not an artist or writer to sit as a cake on a couch and wait for the thrill of inspiration to finally begin to learn. Start learning instantly. This should be your number one priority, which can not be delayed.
3. Remove anything that distracts you
Adjust your learning space and remove all the things that will distract you from the work desk. This means turning off the computer and turning off the internet on your mobile phone. You just need the literature and your head. The computer running and constantly ‘refreshing’ Facebook will slow you down at least three times.
Be sure to be rested because if you are overwhelmed, you will find it much harder to learn and you will fall asleep at a table in a record time, even if you sit on a wooden school chair.
4. Learning: Make a plan
A well-known opinion is that preparing is 90 percent of success. You can learn and chat without a plan, but this will greatly slow down your learning process. So make a good plan. The day-to-day learning plan, like the schedule on which you are going to learn at what time, and don’t forget to include brakes. If you print it and paste it somewhere on the work desk, you will not be able to avoid overcoming the deadlines you have set yourself.
5. Make small successes at very beginning
If you are doing good and see that your learning skills are fast, it will be much easier for you to move on to the new part of the lesson. So divide the given literature into smaller units and learn each one separately. So you can overcome them faster, and the feeling that you have managed to get it is getting faster and will make you more motivated.
6. Snowball phenomenon
If your literature is extremely boring and tedious, try and find at least one part that interests you. A chapter that is easier or more interesting than others should be the right choice for your first reading. You will quickly memorize that chapter, so you will increase your self-confidence for further steps. Like the snowball, which increases, so will your learning activities increase with time. It’s just essential to start.
7. Do not override tasks, solve them one at a time
While there will be a lot of trouble during learning, so-called ‘multitasking’ should not be one of them. Do not work more things at the same time. Go first to one of the tasks that you have given yourself and until you adopt it, do not move to something else. Otherwise, you will be flying from one part to the other and you will do nothing.
8. Think about the future
What will bring you a good grade on this exam? Will you learn from the literature anything useful, what could one day apply to your business or life? Even if you do not, at least you will have to solve another exam and have a calm conscience to continue with new challenges.
9. Do not look at the mistakes negatively
Even if something is wrong, do not look at the negative side. “The one who does not sin does not develop, and he’s scared to evolve.” Look at any bad experience as a chance to change and upgrade.
10. Learn with a friend
If you have the same exam, find yourself a friend, boil coffee, and learn together. Read more important things together, discuss the ambiguities and surely, your conversations about a certain topic will be remembered on a certain part of the literature, just at the time of the exam.