Being productive and using your time effectively is not always the easiest thing to do. When you do, it’s hard to stay consistent. This ties into your internal motivation and personal goals. Without motivation, you won’t continue to be productive.
Where do you find motivation?
Motivation can be find internally (for your own satisfaction) or externally (for a reward). Often these tie in together. For example, a student finds motivation in achieving good grades (external) and feeling good about themselves (internal) as a reward for studying.
As a student, there’s no right way to do things. A majority of your success depends on your self awareness and reflection towards understanding how you work best
Finding motivation is different for everyone, and as a student I have tried many different things. One habit that has helped me throughout my years of College has been tracking my courses.
For example, I record my weekly tasks and assignments for each class to keep track of my deliverables that I have to do, those that I have completed, and their grades. This makes it easier to calculate my GPA for each course and see my academics standing in front of me.
Additionally, recording my deliverables made it easier to find motivation. When I saw ten deliverables with grades of 75-80%, I would not want to risk disrupting this consistency. As a result, I would be motivated to do well for each deliverable and maintain my productivity.
The importance of tracking progress
- Remember your progress
This ties into awareness and reflection. Tracking your progress allows you to review and remind yourself where your hard work has gotten you. Remembering progress is a healthy way to acknowledge your work, improvement and ability to reach your potential. Everyone needs this reminder as support.
Tracking progress throughout the semester will also highlight weaknesses. For example, if there is one course that you noticeably perform lower in, you can see this in your tracker and allocate time to improve.
Additionally, if your tests have noticeably lower grades than your assignments, you may recognize a weakness in test-taking. This can promote a change in study habits to improve your testing ability.
2. Define achievement boundaries
If you see several deliverables completed with grades between 75-80% for example, this sets a psychological boundary. Meaning, you’ll set motivating “limits” on each task/assignment to maintain your current results. You will be encouraged to continue working for grades between, or higher than your set boundary.
Additionally, receiving grades lower than your goal can foster initiative. Seeing a continuous under-performance can be motivating. As a result, there is a drive to break out of those lower limits.
if you are receiving grades lower than your goal, you will be motivated to break out of those limits to begin your improvement to better academic standing.
3. Promote consistency
This method will promote consistency as you won’t want to break your routine. This correlates with your boundaries set by the majority of grades you receive. You will find consistency in the studying/learning habits you are using once you begin achieving your grade goal.
How can Motify help?
Motify Grades provides students with a structured approach to managing courses, deliverables and grades. You are able to record progress for each course by inputting deliverables, their weights and your achieved grades for each.
Motify also connects students to resources to support them through difficult academic standings. They are encouraged towards tutors and other resources if they are not meeting their own goals. To foster initiative, Motify allows students to choose how they address their GPA goals, and how they want to improve. For example, if a student is underperforming, they can add tasks to meet with tutors, but they must schedule the appointment through Motify.
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