Before you begin studying it is important that you summarize a few objectives, devise a timetable, set deadlines and create incentives for successfully completing a task and take regular scheduled breaks.
When devising a timetable make sure there is enough time for you regular commitments such as work, family, leisure and social activities. Then you can see where it might be possible to find time to study and you can plan the best use of that time.
Motivation is the reason for doing something. The keys to motivation are:
- Setting a Goal– Setting goals increases motivation and releases a huge store of energy. Having something to work towards keeps you going particularly when things get difficult. You can have short, medium and long-term goals.
- Positive Thinking – is feeling good about yourself and telling yourself how well you are doing is important. So, build on small successes. This will help you to think about how far you have come and what you can do rather than what you can’t do. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Reward yourself for successfully completing a task, such as taking a break, calling a friend or taking a walk.
- Discover your key productivity periods and places.
- When do you have the most energy? Morning, afternoon, evening? Prioritize this time for your most difficult study challenges.
- Get a dedicated space, chair, table, lighting and environment to study in.
- Avoid disturbances like phones, radio, television and internet.
- Ensure that the room is not to hot or to cold.