Staying motivated while studying online
Whatever the project, finishing something through to the end can become more difficult once your initial excitement and motivation dies down.
When it comes to study, we find there are two common reasons our students find it challenging to finish their course:
- They’ve skipped a week or two, and can’t seem to get back into it
- They’re struggling with something in their course, and are feeling discouraged
If this sounds like you, don’t worry; we have a few strategies to help you along!
Just start – Everyone struggles with procrastination – some of us more than others! This is often because we feel stressed when we think about the task at hand. However, you’ll find once you start, it’s never as hard as you thought it would be.
Say no to distractions – Schedule chunks of time in your week for study. Blocking this time out in advance is key to ensuring you keep progressing with your studies. Stay away from your emails and social media during study time.Set mini goals and rewards – Large or long-term goals can be overwhelming. Break up each module into specific and achievable goals, each with a small reward. Each success will trigger your brain’s reward centre, releasing the feel-good chemical, dopamine. This will help to focus your concentration and to feel inspired to take on another task.
Stay accountable – Talk about your study to your friends, family and colleagues. This will help create not only a supportive environment, but also a level of accountability to help you push forward.
Contact your tutor
Don’t get discouraged if you’re finding something difficult or need some clarification, our tutors are experts and they’re here to help! It’s as easy as sending an email or picking up the phone.