Being a student always comes with many demands, and like any other person, students face a lot of highs and lows while trying to achieve their academic goal of excelling. The good days often spring from a bit of hope and motivation that all will be well at the end of the struggle, though not every day is really always as good.
Speaking from experience, I must admit that some days are awful. In fact, dark enough not to imagine. As a student, there are days when you wake up still sleepy (due to the insufficient amount of sleep you received the night before). With a dissertation due soon, a mountain of notes to read quickly. A ton of coursework to complete, low grades, anxiety from the pressure placed on them, and eventually, the feeling that no one else seems to comprehend what you’re going through.
The tough days can make a student feel drained, stuck, or wrapped in failure and make tomorrow seem like it will never come or, if not, not as they envisioned it. Under normal circumstances, it is okay to feel demotivated; it is okay not to be okay. But are you going to be engulfed by the moment forever? Will you fold your hands in front of your chest and let depression sweep your goals away?
Inspiration is essential to everyone’s life (students and non-students equally). This is because it is like a medicine that comes into play when your mind is overflowing with frustration, anxiety, confusion, and depression. We often fail countless times in our day-to-day lives. Still, the small motivational pieces, guidance sessions, talks with people who have been in the same boat, and other techniques seem to soothe you and, in a way, boost your focus and improve your productivity by helping you reschedule your tasks and boost your confidence. All these things collectively make you much better in your endeavours.
This is for you, any student out there feeling like you are traversing the academic ocean in vain! Here are a few tips to inspire you and help improve your grades and personality as well.
1. Appreciate What You Learn
Before I take you any further, learn to appreciate the fact that what you learn is yours forever! You do not go to college or high school only to get academic knowledge, no!! Learn the key concepts in social, economic, health, and other life disciplines while you are still young. At the rate at which the world is evolving, classroom education may continually lose meaning, but these are lifetime concepts that will guide you even after you graduate from school.
2. Surround Yourself With Positive Energy
Students ought to surround themselves with positive energy. We have all been in school setups with a group of students that seem not to care about their education and focus on demotivating and bringing others down through bullying and demoralizing them when they notice you are academically sound. Avoid associating with such people, as they may divert your academic focus elsewhere. Even as you start your day, think positively, believe, and wish for the best throughout the day.
3. Wisely Manage Your Time
The primary reason you are at school is to study, but some co-curricular activities may infringe on your time there. Learn to do the right thing at the right time and, preferably, in the right place to avoid being that disorganized fellow. Work without play makes Jack a dull boy, but play without work makes him equally silly.
4. Be Patient and Master a Skill
Be patient, and always remember that mastering a skill may take a while. You need not put yourself under unnecessary pressure because of an arithmetic algorithm you have failed to understand. Consult those who seem to be doing better than you on a certain subject, discuss it with colleagues, and avoid accumulating unnecessary pressure on yourself. Making peace with yourself helps you let go of anxieties and puts your mind at ease, ready for the next tasks.
5. Discuss With Your Colleagues
Discussions are crucial in academics because they help you interact and share different ideas with your colleagues. Discussions are one of the scientifically proven ways of aiding one’s memory, so the next time you feel like studying, how about inviting a friend and sharing content? Lone reading is tiring, and you need a study buddy to keep you going quickly and steadily.
6. Get on the Go and Stop Procrastinating
Always work ahead of time to avoid piling up assignments on your desk (Work smart, not hard!). Make sure to accomplish your assignments in the shortest time possible.
7. Focus On Changing or Bettering the Situation at Hand
You can not have a better tomorrow if you are stuck in the past. If you failed an exam, do corrections and reflect on why you did not perform as expected, but do not over-dwell on the failure. Learn from your mistake and promise yourself never to repeat it again. Some students fail because they have made up their minds about not being good at a certain subject. For example, student X believes he doesn’t know mathematics, and that’s it. He has made up his mind not to sit any mathematics exam because he knows it is hard. That is a very deadly mentality; if you had it, it’s high time you pulled your socks up and straightened your collar; resilience and persistence are the only ways to go if you are aiming for a successful career.
8. Create a Better Tomorrow
Please do not wait for things to work themselves out of the blue because they definitely won’t. Sacrifice some extra time and revise. Redo what you failed, ask where you could not understand, and then watch the magic work out!
9. Never Question Your Abilities
This is where most students often go wrong, trying to compare themselves with those who are steadier academically. We all have capacities. Comparing yourself to other people will simply drain you.
10. Avoid Multitasking
Always focus on the task at hand and make sure to give it your all. There is no point in multitasking and producing substandard output.
11. Believe In Yourself
Before you think of getting motivation from another person, know that you are your own doctor. Believe that you will achieve your dream, and you definitely will.
As a student, you must always focus on achieving your dream—that is, if you want to be successful! Education is short-lived, and you won’t be stuck in school forever. Keep in mind that there is life after school, and also try to prepare for life after school.
How are you getting motivated?