Finding Your Motivation for Studying

Finding Your Motivation for Studying

Along with self-belief, your motivation is the most important factor there is. Without motivation for studying, the whole thing comes crashing down.

Some people do not enjoy their school subjects, which isn’t ideal, and this alone can destroy all your motivation. You have to look beyond this; you have to be mature and look to the future.

What you do at school, college or University will affect the rest of your life. So it’s best to do it to the best of your ability and give it all you’ve got, even if you don’t like it, even if your teacher isn’t great, even if there are more interesting things you could be doing than studying!

What’s The Point?

You may be reading some ancient book in English or trying to work out the value of X in Maths yet again, and you think, what is the point? Students have been using this as an excuse for years.

The point is that you will take an exam on it, and what you get in that exam could determine the next 10 or 20 years of your life. The point is that not everything is fun and exciting; if it’s in the syllabus, you just have to get on with it. There’s not always an obvious “point” to everything!

On the other hand, you may love certain subjects and be passionate about them, which makes life a whole lot easier. But even then, you still have to do the repetitive daily work and the study, when you would much rather be doing something else.

To find motivation for studying, the answers lie within you and nobody else. You have to sit down and think about it.

What Do You Want?

Motivation comes in many forms. Some people have known from an early age what they want to be when they leave school or University and have had a clear path in front of them. However, most people don’t and need to be motivated differently.

You must remove the blinkers, become mature and think about your future. Even if it is not clear to you what you are going to do, just know that having good grades will help you when you do.

There are countless examples of people from every year at school from the past twenty years who messed about, thought they were too cool for school, did next to no work and got poor grades. I have seen them, I have spoken to them, I went to school with them, and nearly every one of them now regrets it. They are now in jobs that they hate or not working at all. Talking to someone like this would push your motivation levels through the roof!

The first question you need to ask yourself is: do you want to pass that exam or get whatever grade you think you can get? Everyone will say yes, of course! But do you really want it?

Ask yourself, why does passing the even exam matter to you? This should provide you with the answer to what motivates you.

Even just having pride in yourself should be enough. You should want to pass the exam just for yourself, even if you hate the subject. Prove to yourself and anyone else that you are a person who gets things done and can get what you want when you focus.


Success breeds success. If you get into the habit of passing exams, this will benefit you throughout life. You will expect to be successful in everything that you do, and you will become a confident person.

For example, you will go to a job interview brimming with confidence, with very high hopes and not be worried. It all starts now.

It is a very fine line. People who are now in jobs that they hate or, even worse, without a job made a bad decision or two when they were aged 14 or 15, and it snowballed out of control. Simple decisions like, I can’t be bothered to listen in class, I’d rather annoy the person sitting next to me, I’m going out instead of doing homework.

The scary part is that not one massive catastrophic bad decision affected their lives so greatly. It is all the small, seemingly unimportant day-to-day decisions they made when they were young. It’s a harsh lesson, and you are making those decisions now.

The problem at school is that students are young and have to make many decisions without the necessary experience. So you have to be mature and listen when people tell you for your own good, even if it seems otherwise!

I’d even go as far as to say that if you have chores to do at home, do them. This will stop laziness and procrastination; call it what you like.


You also need to stop making excuses.

There could be any number of reasons for someone not performing well in an exam. However, a lot of the time, you hear people blame everyone and everything but themselves.

When you think about it, you are the only person that can control the amount of study you do, what you study, when you study and what you do in the exam.

Yes, there are sometimes extreme circumstances and outside factors that you have no control over, but the majority of the time, it’s all down to you.

I am telling you this because you have to be brutally honest and try not to paper over the cracks, and it’s the only way to improve.

Only you and you alone can sit the exam, so it makes sense that you also take responsibility for everything leading up to it.

What Drives You?

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I believe that you need a small motive that you can use time and time again. If you have some massive life-changing motive, that is great and will work, but this is unlikely always to be the case, and not everyone has a huge motive.

You need to think of your own motivation. It has to be simple things that you can start working on now.

What is important to you? You could write down a few ideas of what drives you. Pick your favourite subject or hobby and think about what you like about it. Why do you do it every single day of your life?

I’ve seen people who are competitive or driven by pride; some people might just want to prove someone wrong, others might really want to go to a university that requires certain grades even if they don’t necessarily love that subject.

It can be as trivial as wanting to prove to your teacher that you can do it. I’ve found that the proving someone wrong motive can be very strong (you can even invent or exaggerate such scenarios just to motivate yourself).

Doing it just for you, so you feel really proud of yourself (or to make someone else proud of you) and feel good about what you have achieved, is another strong motive. Even just avoiding the feeling of failure is a strong and very common motive.
There could be any number of reasons, and it doesn’t matter what it is as long as you have one.

The Exam Results Day

Imagine that it is the day of the exam results and that you didn’t study as well as you could have, and you know it. You will probably be feeling anxious and worried. Deep down, you know you will not get the grade you wanted.

Then you see your results on a notice board or a letter sent to your house. When you see that grade, how do you feel?
Imagine it now; what will you feel?

Disappointment, regret, embarrassment, guilt, anger?

Now pretend that you revised well. You put in maximum effort. Firstly you will be expecting a good result but still probably feeling a bit feeling nervous and probably a bit excited.

Then you see your result, and you got what you wanted…Bingo!

How do you feel now? Happy, excited, joyful, proud, relaxed?

Whatever you feel will be much better than the other scenario. Keeping this in mind may provide some motivation for studying.

Working When You Don’t Want To

This is a little secret: working hard at something when you are not in the mood will benefit you massively. This requires a lot of self-motivation and discipline.

It’s those days when you think, “oh god, I have to do my Geography homework and analyse more ordnance survey maps from that pesky Peak district”, and you just don’t want to. You can’t be bothered, and you’d rather do anything than open the book.

This is when you need to remind yourself of your motivations and DO it. You have to force yourself to make a start. Long term, over a school year, this sort of thing can happen hundreds of times. Imagine how many extra hours you will put in if you drag yourself to open the book?

If you do find yourself struggling to work some days, just tell yourself these are the sessions that really count, in fact, they count double or triple.

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