Staying Motivated!

14 Apr

The end of the semester is approaching and finals are nearing. While there is no way to avoid it, there are a number of things that you can do to stay motivated, prevent stress, and successfully complete all of the tests, papers, and projects by their deadlines. Well, what can you do to stay motivated and maintain your sanity? First, let’s see what Denzel Washington has to say:

As Denzel Washington says in this video, “Goals… cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency.” While it is important to remain disciplined and consistent as you work on those final projects, revise those final drafts, and study for those final exams, there are a few things that you can do to stay motivated.

  1. Eat well and stay hydrated. Take advantage of the snacks provided during exams week. Carry a bottle of water with you and make sure to stay hydrated. Maintaining your physical health in this time of stress is crucial to success. Also, crunchy snacks are great for keeping you awake!
  2. Get enough sleep. Although it can feel like you need to cram as much information as possible into your mind, making sure to take breaks and rest is important too! There is a point at which sleeping and allowing your body to rest is actually more beneficial for test taking than cramming an additional 6 hours of studying into your schedule.
  3. Create a study plan. Take a look at your upcoming assignments and tests and establish a course of action. Make sure to give yourself enough time to review the necessary material and emphasize any areas where you feel uncertain. Try to also plan in study breaks; remember, eating and sleeping are important!
  4. Actually take study breaks. While it can be tempting to try to cram as much studying in as your schedule allows, you have a better chance of retaining the information if you take study breaks. Utilize study breaks as an opportunity to move away from the material for a little while. When you come back from your study break, you can easily see what information you retained and what needs further review.
  5. Study with friends. Create a clear study plan and work on it together. The same concept can apply to writing papers. If you and your friends all have a paper to write, sit in the same room. Keep each other motivated. Help each other proofread. You will need to make sure that you stay focused, but working with others can help you to stay motivated!
  6. Set checkpoints. When you establish your study plan, set checkpoints for yourself. Establish goals and plan out a time by which you want to meet them. This is a great strategy for turning larger tasks (like studying for a comprehensive final!) into smaller, more manageable tasks. Setting checkpoints can also help you feel a sense of accomplishment as you move toward your larger goal.
  7. Get off social media. While Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat can be entertaining, they are a great way to waste precious time. Turn off your phone, disconnect from your wi-fi, and focus on meeting the goals that you have set for yourself. Social media will be there when you get back (and you really won’t miss much).
  8. Set working hours and rewards. When you create your study plan, establish a schedule of your working hours. This can help you to focus more closely on studying and doing your schoolwork during that time. When the time is over and you have completed your tasks and met your checkpoints, reward yourself!
  9. Find rewards that work for you, and use them! When I was in college and I needed to read a large chunk of material or study for an upcoming exam, I established a reward system. I am a big food person, so every time I reached the end of a chapter, I allowed myself a small reward – a piece of candy, a few M&Ms, or some pretzels. Find a reward that works for you and use it!

While these are just a few ways to stay motivated and survive finals week, it is important to understand what works for you. Please don’t forget that there are numerous resources available to you in the form of classmates, instructors, handouts, and tutoring services! If you need assistance with a writing project, please come and see us in the Writing Center! And don’t forget, you can also visit the Skills Lab or Nursing Tutoring Center for help with your nursing fundamentals!

 © Alyssa Ryan and The Christ College Writing Center (2013-2016)

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2 Responses to “Staying Motivated!”

  1. Julia Jackson April 14, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    Awesome blog with great tips! I will defenitly like to find more motivational speeches like the one above. It gave me the extra boost of confidence I needed for finals week.

    • christcollegewritingcenter June 14, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

      Thanks for the feedback, Julia! I am glad this helped! Plus, there’s nothing like a motivational speech from Denzel to help you stay on track!

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