3 Tips For Staying Motivated In College


By Manda Perkins Published on January 6, 2017

Going to college can be a rewarding experience, but only if you can put in the effort to succeed. For some people, this is easier said than done.

Between class time, homework and big projects, staying motivated in college can often be a challenge. Even if you enter college with big dreams and high expectations, as time marches on and responsibilities increase, this excitement can get diluted.

With these three tips, you can avoid the perils of procrastination and remain motivated throughout your college career.

1.  Reward Your Accomplishments

Looking for something to celebrate? Recent studies show that under some conditions, rewards are proven to enhance people’s motivation and performance.

College is the perfect place to use the power of rewards to boost your morale and motivation. Take some time on a daily basis to identify and take note all of your successes and wins—no matter how small they might be. Create unique and fun ways to reward yourself for your efforts and accomplishments: take a walk, get a snack, watch a YouTube video. Do whatever makes your feel satisfied with yourself and encourages you to move on to the next project with more vim and vigor.

2.  Remind Yourself of the Big Picture

When you come to a point where you feel unmotivated or uninspired, re-engage and remind yourself of the big picture. Why did you want to go to college in the first place? What inspires you to strive to reach your goals?

Consider making collage from magazine cut-outs to help remind you of what your future will look like if you persevere through the struggles of college. By recapturing that initial excitement, energy, and enthusiasm, you’ll find that your motivation will begin to rise again and propel you to further succeed.

3.   Surround Yourself With Support

One of the perks of college is that you don’t have to go through it alone. Chances are there are other students who have struggled with motivation issues and can give you advice on how to navigate your way through it. Try getting involved on campus for more opportunities to meet like-minded students. Your dean, instructors or academic advisor will have some suggestions on how to get involved.

Along with other students, you can also turn to friends and family for additional support. Let them know that you’re struggling with demotivation and ask them to help and support you as you work through new ideas and strategies to become more motivated.

Whether you have a high school GED, some college credit, or are interested in switching careers, consider enrolling at Stevens-Henager College, where we support students through their college programs. With in-class and online courses, you can tailor your college education to fit your lifestyle.