Parties, fraternity rush week, charity boosters for the basketball team: there's always something happening on a university campus. If you have a friend network or a roommate, your personal calendar is waiting to divert attention from classes. But the distractions don't stop when you decide to study.
With the rise of social media, there is a risk that even time at the library could become another social hangout. Even worse, the occasional trip to Facebook or Twitter could become an addiction, with hours a day thrown away checking status updates. The increased number of distractions means fewer college students complete university degrees today than they did a decade ago.Motivation In Education And Tips For Surviving
Motivation is the key to surviving university life and passing your courses. If you can unlock your motivation, then graduation and finding a good job, will be attainable goals. These tips should help keep you on track:
Distractedness usually stems from boredom. A desire to be doing anything else other than your course work may result from a mismatch between your interests and your chosen field of study. If you haven't chosen your major yet, visit and speak to upperclassmen in that major to discover the ins and outs of the coursework. If you have already selected a major, consider taking a course in an area of study that you find yourself reading about, or doing, during your "fun" time.
If you spend hours a day chatting on social media or playing games over the network, take control of your social media / gaming / internet habits with internet-blocking programs like Freedom or Anti-Social. These programs, and others like them, can lock down your computer for as long as you need distraction-free work time.
If distraction happens in a certain location (like a cafe or library), consider a different place that you devote to only studying. Once you have done your research on finding a new place to study then go to this place, make an agreement with yourself that you will do nothing but study. Leave immediately when studying has finished.
Take a page from productivity experts. Productivity programs that usually geared towards business can work great for college students too. The Pomodoro technique, for example, is twenty-five minutes of work followed by a short break. Use shorter blocks of high-engagement work with frequent short breaks to keep your interest level high. These techniques will be incredibly important for completing tasks once you graduate.
For courses that are a struggle for everyone, consider focused study groups that meet for short periods of time (half-an-hour to an hour). Have each member select a different section of material to prepare notes to share with the group. If one student is more in-tune to the class than others, they can help support their classmates by teaching the material. Not only do memory experts agree that this technique helps with information recall, it will also provide much-needed peer support that is more substantial than any social media update. Be sure to stay on-task.
Look for internships in your field of study or consider a charity job for experience. Often the excitement and accomplishment that comes with a successful internship or part time job experience can help make your studies more important to you. Skills learned on the job or at an internship will also help land a good job after graduation.
Seek help if you need help. Many universities have support groups and help those with learning disabilities or those who are finding it hard to understand pass with great grades; extra tuition is available at hand if you turn to the right place.
Motivation is the key to success in courses and in careers. These tips will help increase your motivation towards your coursework, and will help keep you focused on education and achieving that successful job.
Author Byline: This article was written by guest writer, Jenny Beswick who also writes for Telegraph Course Finder creating tips on avoiding mistakes while studying.