How to Get Motivated to Study for your Exams

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One of the questions we're asked most often is, “How do I 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 exams is getting motivated and staying motivated to study. Check out these tips which will help you get started.

6 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 much content and topics to cover, you can get overwhelmed 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’s impossible to concentrate for hours on end.  Try to break up your studying by giving yourself rewards for tasks completed. Maybe when you do your first three tasks you could watch TV or go on your phone whatever you feel like. It’s important, however, to try ditch the distractions when studying. Your workspace should be relatively  quiet and your phone should be on silent. Check messages and notifications during your breaks. This way, the time you put into study will not be wasted.

4. You're not alone

There are more than 50,000 students going through the same stress 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. You'll be surprised at how much more you will remember when it is explained by you or one of your friends.

5. 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.

6. 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 the hardest part. It will get better. :)

The Studyclix Team


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