Tools to Boost Motivation
Is your motivation waning? You're not alone!
Motivation can slip away for many reasons. Maybe you're working on a requirement that you are not very interested in. Maybe finals are approaching, you're feeling overwhelmed, and you're struggling to engage with class material. Maybe taking classes in a remote environment via Zoom isn't your first choice, and you're finding it hard to show up for your education. Whatever the reason, know that with some intention, commitment, and SMART goals, you can bring that motivation back! The worksheets below are a great place to start. And if you'd like more support, you can always meet with an Academic Coach!
Sometimes trying a new learning strategy helped me stay motivated [because of] the fact [that] I was trying something new. I took joy from the new learning experience...I was also mindful in general of my motivation, progress, and effort on a daily basis.
Think about what you need to get done this term - these are your big goals. Break your big goals into smaller pieces so they're more manageable and progress is easier to track. This approach is part of the SMART Goals technique. Learn more about setting goals to support success!
Sometimes overwhelm can lead to procrastination. Not knowing where to begin, it can be easy to put off starting. However, with deadlines, due dates, and upcoming exams, getting started is inevitable. Here are a number of ideas you can try to get started sooner.
Does thinking about homework and studying make your pulse race? Are you trying to prepare for the work to come, or catching up on what's already been assigned? Either way, you're on the right track. Start with this worksheet, then meet with an Academic Coach for more personalized support!
Kurzweil 3000 is a free support software with a wide range of uses for working with electronic docs! Use it to convert docs from text to speech, mark up docs, take notes, create outlines, and build brainstorms -- all in one place! Try it on your own or meet with a coach for a demo!
These six tips for attending remote classes via Zoom can support connection with your professor, your classmates, and the course material. Included within is a link to the full "Zoom Exhaustion is Real" article that was the source for these tips.