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Everybody struggles sometimes

Motivation is an important aspect of a healthy student life because it is your motivation which should help you keep the morale high and help you through “rough spots”. Naturally we all experience challenges and hard times throughout our studies.

Maybe you struggle with: a subject that is really difficult, a group collaboration that does not work or boring lectures. Here it can be essential to become aware of your inner motivation – what is it that drives me to study further… when studying isn´t just fun and easy?

If you manage to pinpoint you “inner motivation and drive”, then it can help you to see your situation from a "larger perspective". What impact does: a difficult/horrible course, a "bad" grade or a tiresome group work really have in the larger context?

You will certainly find out, that not all courses are your cup of tea - but it is also okay. Some courses surely just need to be completed so you can get your diploma and apply for the jobs you are passionate about! And a grade can never express your outtake from an education or your value as a student/employee! So, it is important, that you are “in tune” with yourself about your own ambitions and expectations - when will you be satisfied with your efforts?

You can´t be the best at everything - and it is perfectly okay! Find out what motivates you and acknowledge, that there will be courses which simply “must be overcomed”.

9 tips to increase your motivation during Corona times:

  1. Reward yourself - allow yourself to take some time off to yourself
  2. Prepare for your exam with your co students or friends - as an ITU student you have access to Teams where you can make video meetings
  3. Establish a comfortable study environment - it can be a good idea to separate your working and sleeping/relaxing zone if it is possible
  4. Visualize your progress – ex by making a “Finished”-list, where you write all of the things you have accomplished (read articles, taken notes, part of assignments)
  5. Remind yourself of your long-term goals and your reason for studying
  6. Set realistic goals for your study sessions!
  7. Include breaks - do not forget to take small breaks during the day and it can be a good idea to make 'breake dates' with fellow students.
  8. Plan your exam studies so you know you will plan how much time you have for each exam
  9. Make sure you do not study all day long just because you are at home anyway, and it can be a good idea to leave your home for a daily walk (or two)

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