(Closed) How Do You Stay Motivated Academically?

posted 4 years ago in College
Post # 3
46404 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My biggest motivator was not wanting to have to repeat courses all over again. Honestly the time I was in school was the cushiest time of my life.

Once you get out of school into the real world, you will have 40+ years of self motivation ahead of you,not 4.

Post # 4
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ddstobe2015:  Following to see what other bees say.

I am turning 29 in one month. I’m still in school. Going on year 6.5 of my doctoral program and it is so hard to stay motivated. Right now I am not working and just working on my dissertation at home and it’s such a challenge.  A few things that have been helpful for me have been

1. the support of friends: study groups, friends to sit at the library with, friends to talk about and strategize over projects

2. outlines: they help keep me focused

3. keeping track of the time I spend working. Right now next to my desk there is a list where I log my hours. For some reason it helps me. Plus I dont like missing a day of work (except for weekends). –this is a new strategy and so far its working! 

Post # 5
4035 posts
Honey bee

@ddstobe2015:  For me, it was finding engaging aspects of the material I was studying. I choose majors/degrees that I was genuinely interested in and I could apply to profession (for grad school). It helped when I connect it to real life or what I was doing at work. I am fairly intrinsically motivated, so I have always been able to keep myself going.

But, if you are feeling burnout and aren’t sure you can keep going strong, maybe it is time to take a short break? Are you completing undergrad or grad? Is it possible to take a semester off? Sometimes allowing yourself to rest and recharge can help bring back motivation.

Post # 8
9648 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I am almost 24 and only pursuing a graduate degree now. I didn’t get the grades in my undergrad degree to go straight into Masters, so I am doing a Graduate Diploma in Commerce – basically the same as Masters, except only do 8 subjects instead of 12. If I get the GPA I need, then I can change into the Masters after finishing the Graduate Diploma, and just do 4 subjects to finish with a Masters! I think that will be good motivation for me this semester to get the grades I need!!

Post # 9
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@ddstobe2015:  When I can, I try to take one class per semester that I am super interested in and really excited about. This is my last semester (FINALLY!!!!!) and I only have one class but decided to take one more at another campus that I wanted to take but is never offered at my campus, just for fun. I’m 25 so I totally get feeling like you’ve been in school FOREVER. 

I am excited to graduate and I think that is also keeping me motivated this semester… The prize is finally within reach. Though, it brings more panic because I’ve been a student my whole life and don’t know how to not be one, haha.

Post # 10
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ddstobe2015:  I find even if you can find one friend to go sit at starbucks or each other’s place it helps. I got through most of my doctorate program doing work with a friend at starbucks. It helped so much! Even studying with people in different programs is helpful because there;s the guise of socialization. We study and then we enjoy lunch or whatever. Or we study, take 5 minute convo breaks then back to an hour of studying 

Post # 11
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@ddstobe2015:  I feel your pain. Right now, I am procastinating by being on weddingbee.com. I am not sure if I’m mad at them or not but if it wasn’t this, it would be several other sites. I am trying but it’s not easy. I would advice you seek motivation by looking at the end line. That’s what I am doing and it’s nagging at me to log off. I have been more productive since I heard a sermon in church telling me to do whatever I want to do WELL. So you might as well focus on your education well and get it over with. That’s my driving force now. Just looking at the end goal. I hope it helps you like it’s helping me right now. 

Post # 13
1081 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ddstobe2015:  I wasn’t able to jump into grad school right after undergrad (money/logistics issues, personal issues)… So I got a job in a career I thought I’d want to pursue…

After a few years there, I felt like I plateaued. Like I learned everything I could from my position, and I felt empty! I needed to advance, learn, or do something to keep my brain occupied instead of just going through the same routine every day (don’t get me wrong, I do love my job!! But it’s still monotonous).

So I finally got back into graduate school, and my motivation is kind of “YAY! I’m finally learning new things again! I’m forcing my brain to work!” and at the risk of sounding nerdy, the process of learning is actually motivating me, because I felt like my brain was growing stale.


I probably sound crazy. Haha.

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