Motivation is the key strategic tool that stimulates learning and also helps us in passing tough professional exams. Peoples mind always wander around while in the class or in learning environment. This inherent learning weakness that all human beings have can only be overcome when the right motivational strategy to stimulate learning is developed and put in place.
People cannot effectively learn if they are not motivated to learn. Motivation to learn is the right of everyone that has been handed over to us by nature. The only thing that makes the difference is that while some people take advantage of this right to the fullest, others did not. If you are amongst those that have not taken advantage of this gift of nature called motivation to do all things, this article is specifically written for you. And if you have already been benefiting from the un-imaginable power of motivation, I still encourage you to read further as you will definitely gain something new, inspiring and refreshing.
In this article are tips that you can leverage on and get the right kind of motivation that will be sufficient to help you overcome the absent mindedness that is the main cause of demotivation and lack of willingness to learn.
7 (SEVEN) WAYS OF MOTIVATING YOURSELF INTO LEARNING
Recognise what interest you:
In as much as one can learn virtually anything, the speed and motivation at which we learn those things differs. Recognising those disciplines that tickle your fancy and pursuing a career in those fields in the first best step anybody can take as far stimulating your learning acumen is concerned. Learning what you have interest in will be so natural that you will not be adversely affected by any form of obstacle that might come your way. Ask yourself a probing question that can reveal what it is that you like most. It could be your hobby of anything that you spend most of your time doing and learning how to do.
Yes, work backwards. This is a situation whereby you picture what you will become if you succeed in learning what you are about to learn and then visualise the obstacles that might be on your way while trying to achieve your target. The benefit of doing this is that you will be motivated by the benefits you will get from attaining that position you aspire. It also helps you to make up your mind on the challenges of becoming what you want to become in life.
You cannot be motivated to learn if you do not pay attention. This is common when you do not like the teacher or the learning material that is provided. Paying attention will give you the right kind of receptive mind which in turn will send a salient message to other organs in your body (especially the brain) telling them that you can actually do it.
Be curious and eager to learn:
Curiosity makes you want to discover something new. It is curiosity and necessity that ignites the passion of most inventors and researchers. You too can tap into the infinite power of curiosity to become the active learner that you have always dreamed of. Care needs to be taken here so that we don’t land ourselves into trouble. Learning should not have the potential of harming us or the people around us.
Set target for yourself:
Setting a realistic target is one way of ensuring that the initial enthusiasm that we all get at the beginning a process is not thwarted. Targets makes you focus but when set to be unreasonably high becomes a demotivating factor.
Confidence in oneself is a major ingredient needed for stimulating your learning spirit. One good thing about confidence is that it can be built overtime starting with smaller tasks. You can start by learning something relatively simple and then leverage on the acquired confidence to learn the harder ones.
Rewards are super motivating factor that has the capability of working wonders for us if rightly used. The memories of treating yourself good after every successful session of learning something worthwhile is enough to keep you going when the odds are against you. In as much as reward systems can be abused in managerial accounting and performance measurement, the chances of it being abused as a motivating tool in this case is minimal. This is because both the rewards and gains are both coming from you.
HOW TO STUDY FOR PROFESSIONAL EXAMS AND PASS IT ON FIRST ATTEMPT
This article will not be complete if tested study tips are not discussed. Below are study tips that I have successfully put to use in the past to achieve outstanding success.
Find the motivation:
This aspect is about all that you have in this article thus far. There is no way you can embark on any meaning study session if you are not in the right mood. Designing and adapting good learning strategy backed with motivation is the solid foundation upon which every other learning and study tips can be built upon.
Use the right materials:
One thing is to study and another thing is to study the relevant material. A lot of students have made it a habit to borrow study materials from past students. There is nothing wrong with you borrowing books and other study materials from people that have passed the exams you are preparing for but, care needs to be taken to ensure that the materials are still relevant to the syllabus.
Practice past questions:
In fact, this is the most important aspect of your study. It is almost impossible for you to be fully prepared for an examination if you did not practice with past question. To stress the importance of attempting past questions under exam condition, professional bodies and universities give out pilot questions to students whenever there is a change in scheme of study and syllabi. Do not make the mistake of simply auditing suggested answers to past questions. This is a bad approach that deceives people into believing they understand what a question requires of them. Try solving the question under exam condition and later compare your answer with the solution provided. This will put you in a better position of not making similar mistakes in the examination hall when you come across similar question or questions that require same pattern of thinking.
Manage you time in the examination hall:
Your chances of passing an exam will be reduced by the amount of questions you left un-attempted. No mark will be awarded you if you did not provide any form of answer. Your best bet is to weight the allocated time against the marks provided for each question. For example, if you are asked to answer three questions within two hours with the following marks; 50, 30 and 20 respectively, it will be safe for you to allocate 60 minutes to question 1 (50/100 X 120mins), 36mins to the second and 24mins to the last and stick to this allocation.
The principles of motivation as it relate to learning is not what can be discussed in an article of this length. So, I therefore urge you to read other materials you find in this site as they will help you build the right kind of strategy needed to stimulate your learning motivation. It is normal for us to sometimes feel inadequate or weak and decide to give up in our quest. All that you have read in this comprehensive write up will become handy when this feeling come knocking.
To your new found strength to learn!!