Does Your Motivation Need a Boost to Finish the Semester?

If you’d answer ‘yes’ to that question, it’s not surprising. Any combination of factors could be contributing to a dip in your academic energy: Disappointing or even surprisingly low midterm grades? Difficulty restarting after that ‘long’ Easter break? The onset of nicer weather? The longing for more normal social interaction due to COVID deprivation, nicer weather or not? Or . . . ?

First of all, hard as it is, please know that you’re not alone. Just ask around. This helps! Second of all, there are some fairly easy steps you can take to improve the situation.

The Academic Success Center’s “Student Resources” page can link you to a variety of tips for boosting your motivation – as well as for dealing with other study and self-management issues – but here are a few highlights:

► Set a series of small goals. Completing them one by one will show you progress.

► Celebrate each completion with a small reward that doesn’t take you off track.

► Set and stick to a routine that includes personal wellness – sleep, exercise, etc.

► Get support – from friends, family, CAPS, a chaplain – to help regain focus and relax.

► Remember – or imagine – the big picture of why you’re in college.

Would a tutor for a course help? You still have until Monday, April 26th to apply.

Would a peer academic coach help? Apply anytime, but the sooner the better.

You CAN do the next five weeks, and you do know that. You just might need to re-convince yourself! Feel free to contact us at the ASC if you’d like further information or just to chat about this very real and essential aspect of your life at Hope: motivation.

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