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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Center for Academic Success

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Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/success/studyskills/motivation.html

Does your level of motivation seem to be a barrier to achieving academic success? If so, check out the following tips on getting motivated:

  • Take responsibility for your education.
  • Tap into what motivates you. Think in terms of your short-term and long-term goals.
  • Challenge yourself to achieve an academic goal by a specific date (e.g., obtain a certain GPA by the end of the semester).
  • Hold yourself accountable for your academics by creating and sticking to a schedule.
  • Analyze and document your progress.
  • Set up immediate or long-term rewards. For example, after studying for 50 minutes allow yourself a 10-minute break. Celebrate your successes.
  • Ask yourself if you are prepared to deal with the consequences if you do not get motivated.
  • Learn from your mistakes and see "failure" as an opportunity to grow.
How to Stay Motivated.