Let’s face it. As a student, you are a struggling soul trying hard to survive a rat race competition. Indeed, education is not all about give-and-take anymore. There is a fierce competition among colleagues. There is also a constant need for doing better and achieving more. You are expected to excel beyond reasonable expectations. For example, if you have only reached, let’s say, level 5 in Physics, you might be expected to possess the mastery of a student who has achieved, let’s say, level 10. This can prove to be extremely discouraging to you on a personal level. Similarly, if you are currently at level 9 in Mathematics, you will, of course, find it undermining to study at a basic level. There are, therefore, a few practices to follow to avoid such discouraging situations.
Set Appropriate Standards
In order to sustain your motivation level, it is important for you to set appropriate goals. These goals should be attainable, but should also only acquire a reasonable amount of effort. For you to be able to properly identify the right standards, it is essential to have a self-assessment. This should consist of a thorough analysis of prior knowledge, as well as experiences. You will then know where to start and how quickly you can go.
Adopt Study Strategies
Another good practice is adopting the right study strategies. After all, working hard without significant results can rapidly discourage you. You should learn about tips for more effective study. For instance, there can be a more effective way to read articles other than spelling out each and every word to get a grasp on the content. Instead, you can skim through the headings at first. Then, you can continue with the identification of main arguments and so on.
One of the worst mistakes you can make is having unrealistic expectations. For example, you may set yourself a tight deadline for the completion of homework. Once you miss that deadline, you will get discouraged to carry on. Also, it may require much more effort for you to be able to meet that deadline. This, also, will put unnecessary pressure on you and will, in turn, undermine your motivation level.
Right Mental Attitude
Inner chattering has a very powerful effect on oneself. Personally, I find myself dialoguing with myself quite often. I am pretty sure it is the case with you too. However, the important thing to bear in mind here is that you are asking yourself the right questions. Negative questions will only attract negative answers. This will disrupt your concentration and cause you distress. Instead, focus on constructive and positive questions.
Take the time to reflect
This is where many students go wrong and that is a good reason for you not to. As is the case with most students, you probably do not take the time to reflect on your study strategies and study decisions. You need to analyze how these have impacted your performance in the past. You also need to be aware of the skills you need to improve on. A different preparation may help. A different approach may be desired. Take the time to think about all these.
Conclusion: Practice the Good and Leave Out the Rest
Undeniably, you will encounter many people with many different views and opinions during your student life. Some of them will be teachers at school, principals, education counselors, parents, and colleagues. Unfortunately, some of them can have a discouraging effect on you. It is, thus, important for you to recognize your self-worth and persevere. You can only do so by practicing the right strategies and study methods and being wise enough to filter out the ones that do not work for you.