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How to motivate yourself to study when you feel like giving up

Posted on 27/07/2016 by
Sometimes studying can feel a lot like climbing a steep set of stairs - sometimes you want to quit and go down before you get to the top. But stay motivated - the view from above will be worth it.

Sometimes studying can feel a lot like climbing a steep set of stairs – sometimes you want to quit and go down before you get to the top. But stay motivated – the view from above will be worth it.

“I’m so tired.”

“I don’t understand.”

“It’s too hard.”

Do you ever feel this way about studying? Like it’s all too hard, and it might be easier to give up on your qualifications completely?

We’ve all been there. We’ve all had days when we’d rather not write assignments, or read study notes. When we’d prefer to blob out on the couch in front of the television instead.

But although giving up might seem like the easy option, it’s actually the hardest. It might provide you with some short-term relief, but in the long run, you’ll always be wondering: “what if I kept going? What if I didn’t give up my studies?”

Don’t spend your life wondering. We’re here to remind you that you can achieve your qualification. When there’s a will, there’s a way, and we’ll do our best to help you on your journey to success.

If you’re in need of some extra motivation this week, here are three tips to help you stay focused and get back on track.

1. Talk to your Study From Home tutor

When you’re unmotivated and overwhelmed, the first step is to talk to your Study From Home tutor. Let us know how you’re feeling and we’ll happily give you some advice. We’ve helped many students throughout the years and we understand that sometimes motivation can be a struggle – but we’ve got plenty of tips to help you on your way.

2. Look after your health

Do your best to look after your health by getting plenty of sleep and eating a healthy diet. Have you ever noticed how things feel worse when you’re tired or hungry? Don’t let a lack of sleep or too many takeaways make you feel like giving up on your studies. Get a good night’s rest and see how much better you feel in the morning.

3. Write it out

Feel like you have so much to do but don’t know where to start? Write a list? This will help to get your anxieties out of your head and onto paper. Once you’ve written everything down, see if there’s anything you can cross off the list, or put off to a later date. For example, if you allocate two hours for cooking dinner every night, maybe you can stock up on frozen veggies and frozen meals so that you have more time in the evenings? Sometimes what we think we ‘need’ to do is more flexible than we realise.

Remember: you won’t feel this way forever

It’s totally normal for you to feel fed up with your studies every once and awhile, but try to remember that this feeling won’t last forever. It will pass. But do you know what will last forever? Your qualification. Once you graduate, a world of new opportunities will open, and any tough times will fade away. You’ve got this!

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What is your learning style?

Posted on 23/03/2016 by
Take your study sessions to the next level by finding out what type of learning style suits you best.

Take your study sessions to the next level by finding out what type of learning style suits you best.

We all have different ways of learning. Some people are visual learners and respond to bright pictures and flowcharts. Others need to study by themselves in peace and quiet before they can fully absorb information.

These are just a few examples – there are so many styles out there! Which learning style do you most identify with? Read on to find out, and for tips on how to make your learning style work for you.

The visual learner

Visual learning style

You learn best when looking at bright pictures, photos, videos and other visual media. You’re happiest when doodling ideas on a big piece of paper with coloured pens, or scribbling on the whiteboard.

Study From Home tip: invest in a vision board and decorate it with drawings, flowcharts and other visual aids to help stimulate learning. Surround yourself with colour!

The verbal learner (aka the writer)

verbal learner

Words are your friend. Whether they are written or spoken, you learn best when given detailed explanations. You’re very articulate, love language and adore reading.

Study From Home tip: Always keep a journal close by. You never know when you’re going to need to work out an idea on paper!

The doer

Physical learning style

Not one to sit on the sidelines, you like to get amongst the action. You prefer to be hands-on and you absorb information when physically doing whatever you’re trying to learn, for example through role play.

Study From Home tip: Look for ways to apply your travel and tourism study to real life, through volunteering for work experience or visiting popular tourism hot spots in your town.

The listener

the aural learner

You make a great student in the classroom, as you learn best when absorbing sound or music. To remember tricky information, try making up your own rap, song or rhyme.

Study From Home tip: Listen to music in the background as you study, or record your notes and play them back to yourself.

The social learner

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A great team player, you work best in a group environment and love studying when surrounded by other people. You also love a lively discussion!

Study From Home tip: Get out of the house. Take your study gear to a crowded cafe to boost your energy levels. Or, if possible, create your own study group with other people in your area.

The solitary learner

the solitary learner

You like quiet, clutter-free spaces where you can process information in your own time, at your own pace. You’re highly organised, self-motivated and enjoy setting goals.

Study From Home tip: You are perfectly suited to studying from the peace and quiet of your own home (providing your home is quiet, that is!). Set up a tidy, private study space and let flatmates or family members know not to interrupt.

The logical learner

the logical learner

You have a very ‘mathematical’ brain and tend to approach problems in a very systematical way. You learn best when following a highly organised (and logical!) structure, which makes you great at prioritising and time management.

Study From Home tip: Write a to-do list and the beginning of each day and systematically check off each task as you move through them – this will help you feel in control.

What is your learning style? Share in the comments below!

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