Motivation is energy that helps achieve goals it is particularly important for students. Motivation is the force that gives lift and strength for accomplishing goals. For increasing motivation for students, it is important that they must develop Interest, self-reliance and enthusiasm during their academic journey.
Motivation can help students get rid of procrastination: the biggest enemy of every student. When students are motivated they will be able to concentrate on their learning and be free from their biggest enemy: Procrastination!
Presenting a very common scenario in a student’s life: it’s the beginning of the semester and an important test is right around the corner. Instead of preparing for the big test – Students engage in other activities rather than focusing on their studies.
This is a commonly observed phenomenon in students they tend to procrastinate instead of studying. Lack of motivation to study is one of the prime reasons for procrastination in students.
Sometimes students are confused about what they want as their goals they are confused and it’s a part of students’ life to be able to plan for goal oriented action. The first step towards motivation is to have a clearly defined goal. It is essential for students to think about their plan for the future.
Future planning is the motivator that gives meaning and direction to the individual activities – even if the actual goal has not yet been reached with one step, but becomes more achievable. Students must be able to have higher level of goals with proper future planning.
The most important factor to consider here is to know who you want to in future. Is there a particular field of interest that you wish to follow? Be ready to take responsibility, embrace the independence and work towards your goals. Expand your knowledge and understanding of practical professional life.
Primarily, motivation development is based on one basic principle: Get to know one’s own strengths and weaknesses and set realistic goals. The confusion that students face leads to demotivation. It is caused by the standards that parents and society sets for them and the standards that they set for themselves.
Make your goals realistic and achievable. Trust in the effectiveness of one’s own actions and feedback from others specifically from mentors is effective in motivating students. Determine the individual behaviors that must be aimed to achieve a goal. Taking responsibility for one’s own actions and life is the most important basis for implementing the actions.
Having clearly defined goals are a major tool for motivation once a student is able to determine who they wish to become in the future, planning and executing these plans act as a motivational tools.
The more precisely the goal is defined, the clearer are the steps necessary to achieve it. Big goals can be handled well if students break them down into sub-goals.
So a recurring sense of achievement is guaranteed. If goals appear unmanageable, they must be dismantled until the individual parts and tasks have to be mastered. This results in a target planner. Depending on the scope of the goal, this may extend over the semester, or even over the entire course of study with the intermediate goals in the individual semesters.
How this plan is ultimately designed is a matter of taste. Whether it exists only in the student’s head, painted on the wall or created as a computer file, is up to the student. Planning will help in improving level of motivation for students.
However, those who only take actions because they have to! The thing about “have to” is that it makes it harder to work on the goals making it something arduous and stressful. It means that you don’t really want to do it but ‘Have to’ finish it.
The best approach is to have an ‘I want to do this’ attitude. As a student you should be willing to avoid procrastination. Aiming for a successful future life is the main motivator for the success and hard work for students.
Nevertheless, the goal “I’ll become a doctor, psychiatrist, lawyer, carpenter …” seldom can be sufficient motivation to deal specifically with the subject matter. Therefore, it makes sense to get small and big rewards for the tasks to be accomplished. This can be: For example, “If I manage to learn consistently according to my work schedule today, then I’ll go to the movies tonight.”
Make sure that you reward yourself ONLY if you reach the goal you established during your future planning! Otherwise, the unwanted behavior that hinders compliance with the work plan is strengthened. However, the rewards must be clearly separated from free time and break time and must not be things that have to be done anyway.
Everyone has to find out for themselves what smaller and bigger rewards they want and what they expect when they reward themselves for a job well done. Examples are: strolling around the city, shopping, buying books, reading, watching TV, going to the cinema, theater, going to a concert, eating out, hairdressing, wellness, holidays, sleeping in, going out with friends and much more.
If you want to find out how to motivate yourself well, you should first create the negative list: “What can I do to optimally demotivate myself?” The answers often surprise you, but give a good insight into the strategies and approaches that keeps you away from learning. Once these are clear, take a determined step to stop exhibiting the demotivation and to prepare for learning with positive thoughts and rewards can increase motivation for students.
Student who suffer from demotivating thoughts must think positively. Instead of “I cannot do it anyway “think about “Every sentence I read brings me one step closer to my goals”. Also stressful thoughts from childhood, peer pressure from friends or parents need to be turned off.
If they are only in your own head you have to transform them. Put a friend or parent under pressure so you have to talk to them, explain that this is counterproductive and make them refrain from such remarks in the future.
If thoughts of an upcoming test are in the looming in your head, it helps to play through the situation and to consider the different possibilities. This also reduces the fear of the unfamiliar situation related to a pending test.