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How can I attain reading motivation for history?

I’m a high school student, and I’ve just recently started taking my studies seriously. Now that college is approaching, I've begun to take motivation steps to study as frequently as I can. So far history is my biggest hurdle. Aside from being the most boring of all my subjects, it is also quite extensive. I know that if I don’t find some good motivation to study this subject, it'll affect my overall results in the finals. I need some useful tips on how I can get reading motivation when I don’t want to study.

Alexa Spicer

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Melissa Norris on July 20, 2018

Getting good grades in high school requires a proper balance in all subjects you are taking. In college, you will get to specialize in your preferred subject area; in high school, on the other hand, you will study many subject areas.
Here are some practical steps to motivate you to study seemingly dull subjects:

Read a little at a time

Eventually, small efforts add up to create significant and desirable results. For example, a student who needs to write 30-page coursework or essay may look at the bulk of work they need to cover and feel overwhelmed. However, writing just one paragraph a day will eventually add up to 30 whole pages. So, divide your large workload into smaller parts; preferably into sections you can cover in short one-hour study sessions.

Remind yourself that you will not study history forever

When a subject overwhelms you, and you are thinking of giving up, remember it won’t go on forever. You probably have a year or so to study history. Knowing that this situation is temporary will help you find the energy to take action

Make your reading fun.

One way to make study fun is to use online study tools. These tools are good motivators for students because they incorporate several learning methods for an individual subject. You may learn by playing games, solving puzzles, participating in competitions or revising with flashcards.

Take control of your thoughts.

You need to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. We process more than 60,000 thoughts every day, according to experts. These thoughts may either help you fulfill your desired goals or may hinder them. You need to filter your thoughts; direct your attention to why you need to study history and stop thinking of why you should not read.

Be curious

Start asking yourself in-depth questions regarding the subject to build your curiosity. For example, you may interest yourself in knowing how something you are reading came to be.

Shorten your study time

When you schedule a long study session, you are telling your brain not to be in a hurry since there is a lot of time. Therefore, you will not achieve maximum results. Plus, each hour you extend studying your speed and motivation to read decreases. Instead, start with 25-minute sessions separated by 5-minute breaks. As your concentration span gets better than before, you may increase sessions to 55 minutes each with 5-minute breaks.

Jordan Soto11 months ago

I have come to realize that good motivation only gets you started on studying. The main things that will keep you going are consistent discipline and good habits. Combine the things that motivate you to read with good study habits. For example, you may decide to be waking up at 5 to study. Once you do practice this schedule for a whole week, you may reward yourself.

Waking up early to study is an excellent study practice while rewards are motivators. Combine motivators and good study habits to achieve maximum results. However, remember that it's not every day that you'll wake up feeling motivated. There will always be those low days when you feel like you don’t want to do anything. Nonetheless, force yourself to wake up and follow your routine. Once you start, the energy to continue will come along. Start early to develop a routine before the exams. 


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