Decide on what time of day you study most effectively.
Some people get more done in the mornings, while others get the most work done around lunch or at night. Organising your time around when you feel like studying will help prevent you from becoming burnt out. Studying for 3 hours in the morning and getting a lot done is better than a long, procrastination-filled 6 hours of attempted cramming at night!
Take some breaks when needed.
No one can work all day, every day! It’s important to set aside some time to relax and do things that you want to do. For example, you could give yourself 1 hour a day on school nights to play video games, watch your favourite TV series or just relax with your family. On weekends, it can be a good idea to try and schedule in something fun for a couple of hours to give yourself a good break so you are refreshed for the upcoming week. Some examples of things you could do on weekends are catching up with friends for lunch or a movie, a long session at the gym/become involved in a team sport, having a movie marathon or baking some snacks for studying!
Try to remember WHY you are studying!
Do you have plans to go to uni/TAFE/some other form of higher education? Reminding yourself that studying now will be putting you one step closer to that dream career can be a huge source of motivation. It is easy to get trapped in the thought pattern that ‘high school is dumb and I don’t care about studying’ until you remember this!
Split big tasks down into smaller tasks.
School can be really overwhelming at times, and it can seem like you have a million assignments or homework tasks to do all at once, while staying on top of all the class content! Grabbing out a planner or piece of paper and breaking each task you must do down into manageable daily chunks is a good way to get your head around what you need to do and when, without the mental breakdowns!
Make sure you are taking care of yourself.
Getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and eating well might seem like a bit of a chore, but it can really impact on your mood and also your grades! Try and aim to get your 8 hours of sleep a night and pack your diet full of healthy foods, and try and exercise at least a few times a week. This will boost your energy and mood so much, which will help you to stay motivated (and not fall asleep!) while studying at home or sitting in class!
Get some inspiration from other people.
There are a lot of people who run things such as ‘studyblrs’ on Tumblr, or make YouTube videos relating to school and studying (and somehow make studying seem…fun!?). Some of these people also create pretty templates that you can use for things like planning out assignments or your daily routine. Some of my favourites that you might want to check out are:
These are just a few tips that I think would have the biggest impact on your motivation, but there are probably MILLIONS more! If you have some tips that are helping you get through school, let everyone know in the comments!