OK, Spider-Man is on vacation, as we all know. If your own vacation is far, far away, there are still some tips that might help you survive your summer courses. Summer can be a tough time to get motivated to study, cause it’s hard to organize yourself while everyone else is resting. Keeping yourself focused under everyday pressures is hard, but it’s even harder when your friends are having fun without you.
Even during summer courses, there are quizzes, essays, and tests, if not to mention homework. Here are five tips that can help you stay on track with your studies.
1. Keep an eye on your course timeline
It is important to check your course schedule regularly and make sure you aren’t missing anything. Try using special tools or time management applications, such as myHomework Student Planner, Trello, or Evernote.
2. Reward yourself each time you accomplish something
The idea is that you should give yourself positive reinforcement, which must not be limited to snacks only. You can go out with your friends or organize a barbecue instead. This will motivate you to complete your tasks on time.
3. Cooperate with your peers
It has been proven that frustration can affect your motivation, whereas friendly support can help a lot. Most likely, there is a chat or forum where your peers discuss the tasks or other student stuff. Also, you may use such services as Coach.me.
4. Remember your short and long-term goals
For sure, there is a reason why you’re doing what you’re doing, right? Every time you feel like being lazy, think about what you really, really want. To pass your exam, maybe? Or to complete your essay? To graduate successfully?
5. Set reasonable and reachable goals
When you look at your summer studying as “mission impossible” or, in contrast, try to complete 5 tasks at a time, you probably won’t get too far. By setting reasonable goals, you’ll be able to monitor your progress and work steadily.
6. Avoid distractions
There are many distraction-blocking apps that may help you. Try StayFocused or AntiSocial. Remember that if you are surrounded by things you would rather do than study, you’ll probably DO those things. So try to keep them away.
7. Use your interests as a way of learning
Of course, you may take summer courses just for credits, but this will work better if you’re interested in the particular discipline. Also, you may use particular learning techniques that are in line with your interests. Use images if you like drawing; listen to podcasts, if you like jogging. It’s that simple.
8. Take a break if necessary
Surely, you don’t want to burn yourself out, but your breaks must be well-organized so that you could remain productive. Try to use Pomodoro apps. This technique breaks up your work into intervals of 25 minutes with short breaks (5 min). Use Pomodairo or Tomighty.
9. Keep yourself in a comfortable environment
To stay focused, you need to feel slightly uncomfortable, they say. Well, the truth is that you just need to have your special working place. This place should be free from distractions and filled with all the necessary tools for studying.
10. Find someone who motivates you all the time
Ask this person to control your studying, if necessary. If it’s someone you don’t know personally (Nick Fury, for example), you may use a motivational poster as a reminder. You can also read inspirational stories or watch a short video (no longer than 5 min, OK?)
There is no way to end your summer frustration if you don’t set your mind properly. It is essential to support yourself each and every day. To help motivate yourself, try to use at least 3-5 Spider-tips from the list.