Self-Motivation for Learning

Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.                                                                                    —  Les Brown

It will not come as a shock to learn that self-motivated students are more likely to do well in college.

In high school, some students got along with parental motivation (‘If you don’t make good grades, young man,  you will be in serious trouble! ) or peer group motivation (you’d be ashamed to have your friends know you were failing)  You were also motivated to go to classes. (If you cut classes,  someone in the office would know. You might end up in detention or being suspended, and your parents and friends would find out.

In college you are suddenly on your own. No one is forcing you to go to class. In some colleges, there is actually no requirement to attend classes. Students are sometimes told that, if they can make better use of their time doing research in the library or using the time to study, it was acceptable to miss classes. At these schools, administrators assume students are responsible and will make good decisions.Motivation can be symbolized by the small fire.

The students who succeed will need to be self-motivated.

Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.  — Stephen. R. Covey

Why do some students sleep late, skip classes, do as little study as possible? I don’t believe they really WANT TO make poor grades. The problem is that, for some reason they are not motivated.

Young people around the world yearn for the opportunity to attend school and learn. What a shame that so many students who have the opportunity to go to college choose to party or hang out with friends instead of studying.

You have probably noticed that there are more MOTIVATIONAL QUOTES on this page (and the one that follows)  than any other page on the website. They are called “Motivational Quotes” for a reason. Many people find that they are actually motivated by reading these quotes. If you find them helpful, copy a few and place them on your wall, in your notebooks, or in your wallet.  Read them often and let them do their job.

Many students find this difficult to work on. You cannot just tell yourself. “OK, self, I was bored yesterday. Today I’m going to be excited.” It doesn’t work. But study the related pages and make a decision to work on it. Perhaps it a week or two you’ll find yourself saying. “Studying history still isn’t exciting, but it isn’t nearly as boring as I thought it was.” The longer you work on it, the greater your motivation.

Knowledge is created by the learner, not given by the teacher.    — Author Unknown

Students sometimes explain poor grades by saying. “I don’t know why but I’m just not motivated.” They imply that this is someone else’s fault. Their parents no longer motivate them. Their peers tend to be equally unmotivated.  They may expect professors to motivate them. Very rarely do they understand it is their responsibility to motivate themselves.

Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.             —  Author Unknown

Would you rather waste time watching TV, playing video games, hanging out with friends, doing anything but studying?  Do you really want to succeed in college? You are reading this website. You must feel some need to find better ways to learn.

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just stand there.
—  Will Rogers

The next page is                 Seven Steps to Increase Motivation

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