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How to get motivated to study for the junior and leaving cert exams

One of the questions we're asked most often is how do you get motivated to study? So often you'll sit down with a pile of work to do and all you want to do is fall asleep. One of the main challenges of doing well in the junior or leaving cert exams is to get motivated and stay motivated to study. Check out these tips which might help you get started. 

7 tips to get motivated to study

1. Bite sized chunks

How do you eat an elephant?  You eat it one bite at a time. With so many subjects to cover you can get bogged down with the enormity of everything that has to be done. First, break down each subject into a list of topics (Studyclix does it this way). Now, concentrate on only one of these topics at a time. Making a study timetable can help with planning this. You can download a study timetable template here

2. Set yourself realistic goals

At the start of any study session try write down a list of things you would like to cover. It is important to keep this list relatively short as usually things will take longer than you imagine  and you don't want to feel like a failure for not completing your list. As you finish each task on your list get a big marker and put a line through it.  At the end of each day, look at all the things you covered. At last you will feel you are making progress. 

3. Reward yourself

Remember it is impossible to concentrate for hours on end.  Try break up your studying by giving yourself rewards for tasks completed. Maybe when you do your first three tasks you could watch Home & Away or go on to Facebook or whatever you feel like. It is important however to try ditch the distractions when studying. Your work space should be relatively  quite and put your phone should be on silent. Check  messages and Facebook during your breaks this way, the time you put into study will not be wasted.

4. You're not alone

There are more than 120 000 students going through the same stresses and anxieties as you. Talk to people in your year about how they are getting on or check out the Studyclix discussion forum. It's amazing how much better you will feel when you talk aloud about your concerns and problems. Even better, why not try out a study group with a few friends. Each person takes one topic, learns it and then teaches it to the rest of the group. It's amazing how much more you will remember when it is explained by you or one of your friends. 

5. There's not that long left!

Rather than frightening you, look at how close you are to being finished. In only a few months this will all be over  and you can look back safe in the knowledge that you will never have to study as intensively again. 

6. Starting is the hardest part

Getting started is often the hardest part of studying. Try start with your favourite subject first and only move onto more challenging subjects later. Once you get started you will start to feel more satisfied. 

7. Test yourself to prove to yourself you're learning

After you have studied a topic It's a good idea to test yourself by doing exam questions. Hopefully if your studying has been effective you will feel like you're getting somewhere and you'll be motivated to keep going. Studyclix PLUS+ gives you all the tools you need to test your learning against actual exam questions. 

Good luck with the study and remember starting is always hte hardest part.