Stay motivated and keep on track with your school work.
Do not feel overwhelmed by difficult learning material.
We’ve all been there - struggling with a certain subject; seeing this big mountain of work before you; feeling tempted to give up. How can you deal with these overwhelming thoughts? How do you stay motivated and where do you begin?
Start small, but start immediately.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Sometimes we only see a big pile of work to do. We don’t know how we are ever going to get everything done. The key is simply to start. Even if you only do one sum or read one page or write one word – you are still closer to achieving your goal than you were before.
See the bigger picture.
Many learners struggle to see the bigger picture when they come across a little stumbling block. For instance, there might be one math equation they struggle with and because they cannot solve this small problem they give up on math forever. If you give up on math, you limit your options later on. You need math in order to study various disciplines at the university. Not only that, but certain parts of your brain are stimulated when you try to solve a math problem. Mathematics is also very crucial for many other disciplines, such as science, economics, accountancy etc. and those fields of study relates to others. The development and stimulation of all parts of your brain is crucial in order for you to reach your fullest potential. The absence of any one of them is like a missing piece of a puzzle. It is your job to figure out where and how each piece of the academic puzzle fits into each other. Don’t just focus on a single small problem, know that you are working towards something bigger and that you are greater than any obstacle in your way.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.
Don’t worry so much about making mistakes. From an academic point of view, the only way to make progress is to learn from your mistakes and not repeat them. In fact, the more mistakes you make while doing homework and working out past and example test- and exam papers, the less mistakes you will make in the actual exam. You will learn what you did wrong and why it is wrong. You will understand the principles and concepts, not just learn the right answer just to forget it straight after the test.
Surround yourself with like-minded people.
There are many students just like you working very hard, trying to get good grades and also feeling stressed. Find those people! They will encourage and inspire you to keep moving forward.
Ask for help.
Your teacher will always try to help – that is why they are there. Explain to your teacher exactly what you are struggling with and why you don’t understand certain areas of the work. If you know one of your peers are doing really well in a certain subject, don’t be hesitant to ask. People love to share their knowledge. You also just might make a new friend and study partner.
This too shall pass.
Studying for tests and working really hard can be an unpleasant experience. However, the test will come, regardless whether you’re ready or not. Give it everything you have, put in the effort and once it’s over you can take time to relax again.
Remember that hard work will always pay off. Jim Watkins said, “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” Stay persistent with your studying and don’t ever give up. Let us know what motivates you and how you deal with difficult subjects.