Motivating Yourself When Studying Online

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A big part of taking an online class or course is that you are self-motivated. You may receive a little bit of pressure from deadlines and online tutors, but the truth is you that 95% of your motivation needs to come from you. You need to be a go-getter, a self-starter, the definitive independent learner. Yet, as time rolls on and you start to struggle to keep up, you may start looking online for motivational advice. Here are a few pieces of advice that will keep the motivation high!



Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. When you repeat them often and believe in them, you can start to make positive changes. Reciting them with passion will make a world of difference and give you that extra confidence you need to get you through your online course for a Masters in Health Service Management


Visualising Your Goal

Disclaimer on this one. Visualising a goal doesn’t really work unless you have full control over the outcome. Many people visualise daily without knowing it, but they’re often visualising de-motivating thoughts. Why not proactively spend time visualising a positive concept eg. how you’ll study, where you’ll do it, how much you’ll get through. 


Get Rid of Distractions

Getting rid of distractions as a student is no different than somebody on a diet getting rid of junk food from their house. If the distraction isn’t there, you can’t be distracted by it! It’s probably your phone, right? See if you can delete all your apps for the duration of the course. Then reward yourself with them once the course is done.


Meditate Your Way to Success

Meditation as a means of motivation is especially good if you’re sort of person who cannot sit still or who cannot stop talking. Even just 10 minutes of motivation can declutter the mind, give clarity and focus – all the things we need for a productive study session. Download some apps, or use google – there are plenty of free resources around. 


Keep a Log of All Your Successes

If you’re feeling down and need a reminder that you CAN do great things and you have in fact done MANY great things, why not see if you can write a list of your successes. Don’t be shy about adding even the simplest things because as we all know, lots of little things add up to big things!! 



The point about motivational methods is finding those that work for you. Try various ways to keep motivated and maybe switch them up regularly to avoid a particular method from becoming stale.