Like most of you reading this, the Spring semester I expected to have was completely derailed and I was sent on a much harder track. Unlike most of you, my college town was hit by a violent tornado that destroyed most of the town and a lot of my friend’s homes. Thankfully, most of the businesses were closed at the time, due to social distancing, so injury count was very small. Despite all of the craziness in the world, life goes on and we are expected to go with it. Although the main purpose of this blog is to help motivate you, I am also hoping to find some motivation while writing this.
Tip #1: Motivation at the beginning
Finding motivation for attending your class virtually or doing course work is already hard enough. First, find your motivation for beginning the day. Get up, eat breakfast, and put on clothes other than your pajamas. This is something I have been practicing, and I promise it makes a difference in your day.
Tip #2: Stick to a plan(ner)
As emails and notifications come to you about coursework, write it down on the day it’s due. and on the day(s) you want to work on it. Tip #3 goes into more detail about how to figure out which days you should work on what assignments.
Tip #3: Prioritize
It is so easy to think that since an assignment will not take you long that you can do it five minutes before the due date. That only causes you extra stress. The Intern Queen Instagram posted a graphic that really stuck with me. It is featured below:
Tip #4: Find a good workplace
If you have a larger family, staying motivated and focused for online classes is no easy task. Try to find a peaceful place inside your house where you can lock the door to escape the chaos. Also, try telling your family when you're about to meet with a class or do work so they know not to distract you.
Tip #5: Try a virtual study group
Reach out to the other struggling college students in your classes. Even if you barely know them, or not at all, everyone can use some help these days. Once you reach out to them, you can keep each other accountable and remind one another about assignments coming up or video chat to study for a test.
I hope these five tips helped you out. Brainstorming these tips gave me motivation and they are things that I will be trying for the rest of the semester!
About the author: Christine Thompson is a Junior Marketing Major at Arkansas State University & Intern Queen brand ambassador!