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How can I sustain study motivation during the school holidays?

I’m a high school student and I have alsways problems when my school holidays start. When school close, I usually lose my study motivation and barely touch a book during holidays. I’m always feeling lazy whenever I sit down to study.

I would like to know what causes de motivation so that I can try to overcome it. I’m heading to my final year therefore maintaining a good academic performance is very important to me. Any information on how to build motivation will really help me when my school holidays will start.

Timothy Norman

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Bethany Evans on March 8, 2018

Do not be alarmed with the sudden lack of motivation. This commonly happens to students when you break for the holidays or even workers after finishing their leave from work. Common reasons that may be causing your demotivation:

  1. Procrastination. When you are at home with no pressure on you, procrastination will most likely set in. whenever you set to do something, your mind will find an excuse not to do it. Remember that while you were in school you were surrounded by people who
  2. Too much free time. When you have a lot of time on your hands, you tend to be lazier. Why read when you have so many weeks before schools open? This may be a justification but once you create a non-reading culture it will be difficult to change it.
  3. Waking up late. When you are on holiday, there is no one to wake you up and nothing to do early in the morning. Therefore, you tend to add more hours to your sleeping time. However, when you wake up late, you mind and body will feel tired from oversleeping and therefore cannot concentrate on studying.
  4. Physical inactivity. This refers to the passive state your body is in when you are idle. This will not only affect your studies but is also a health risk.
  5. Too many distractions. When you are at home, you have TV, laptop, phone, family and friends to create distractions.

Tips on building motivation:

  1. Create realizable study goals. Goals are important in creating a sense of direction for you. List down what you desire to accomplish before the end of the holidays.
  2. Sleep early and wake up early. Do not stay up late. Try to be in bed early in the night so that you do not have a problem waking up.
  3. Eliminate all distractions. Distractions such as the ones I have mentioned above need controlling if you want to motivate yourself to study. This requires a lot of self-discipline.
  4. Designate a study area. Take a private room or space in your house where you can create a place. Put all the requirements you will need and de-clutter everything that is not necessary.
  5. Create work out sessions. Exercising not only keeps you healthy and fit but also energizes your body and mind to take on tasks.
  6. Reward yourself occasionally for good performance.

Tad Fraziera year ago

It is true that everyone experiences demotivation at some point because of various reasons. Students are likely to encounter such during holidays because of long break which results in laxity and other involving activities they engage in during holidays distracting their attention on book work.
For a student, maintaining study motivation even during holidays is essential for excellent educational performance, and it is critical to find ways to keep on the spirit. When faced with the challenge of demotivation, a student may consider eliminating possible distractions, join study groups and disassociate from peers who have negative attitudes towards studying.

Kyle Mckinneya year ago

Study motivation is especially hard to maintain when you know there are no assessment tests or exams to do. Most humans realize their highest potential when working under pressure. You can only maintain high productivity if you discipline yourself. More tips that could help you get back on track:

  • Break down your course material into smaller sections. Start with shorter and simpler topics. Do work that is more complex when you are alert.
  • Start with shorter study session and build on it. You can start with one-hour sessions separated by short breaks.
  • Create an inspiration board. On an inspiration board, you can pin anything that helps to keep you motivated for example your goals, a trip to a place you wish you reward yourself with when you accomplish them etc.
  • Organize study sessions with friends. Let your friends help you to study areas that you don’t fare well.


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