I remember for my internal test, which was on last Saturday, I had studied really hard. The portion was as vast as that of the finals. And as I'm a little mad when it comes to leaving anything for option--I don't like to leave anything for option--I had to study, no matter how much less time I had. I could finish studying only because I was motivated, and I made sure I stayed motivated until the very end.
Whenever I'm tired of writing, I change my pen. I might change to a ball point from a gel or ink pen, from blue ink to black ink, and from a pink pen to a green pen. Just using a different pen gives a fresh start to your writing, and you automatically focus on your handwriting and indirectly on studying.
USE STICKY NOTES
If you want to break the monotony of those off white coloured pages and black or blue inks, add some colour using the stick notes. I always use this trick, and trust me, my motivation level remains unchanged.
And when you've studied so much and there's absolute 0% of motivation left to study, know that you have to take a break. Here are few breaks you can take while studying--http://goo.gl/xXMyCR--but don't stretch that break for too long; let it be of 15 to 30 minutes. Because if you're studying since morning, it's obvious that your exams are near and you have lot to study; don't waste your time.
USE COLOURFUL PENS
Often when I'm writing and I get bored of it, I take my highlighters and start highlighting all the topics. It's like a few minutes of break for me. I love to see some colours on my pages.
STUDY FROM VIDEOS
We're out of motivation probably because we're not understanding anything. If at all you come across some concepts that are beyond you, you can study from YouTube. I'm sure you'll get something or the other out there.
CHAT WITH FRIENDS (RELATED TO STUDIES)
Trouble your friends when you feel troubled! You can check your cellphone and meanwhile message your friends asking about doubts or how much of the portion they've finished studying. By this way, you can know their status, which will keep you motivated.
READ (OR WRITE)
This one thing I'm glad I did. For the internals, whenever I was bored of writing down self-notes, I just read notes, while underlining/highlighting important lines. And whenever I felt bored of reading, I started writing. This change in study pattern definitely kept me interested to study throughout the day.
You can change the position if you want. Whenever you're tired of sitting upright, you can lie down and read. If you're feeling sleepy while lying down, sit upright. Change your positions so you won't be low on motivation.
TICK OFF FROM THE CHECKLIST
Finally, make a checklist or a study schedule, and tick the topics/chapters/answers off as soon as you finish studying them. This will motivate you to study more and more and make you happy along with it.
What are your tricks to keep the motivation alive?
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