GETTING MOTIVATED TO DO YOUR WORK
If you are struggling to get motivated to do your schoolwork, there is no magic solution. However, here are a few strategies you can try from the DEVELOPING MOTIVATION and OVERCOMING PROCRASTINATION units of the Study Skills Handbook if motivation or procrastination is an issue for you:
- REWARDS: Set yourself small specific tasks to do with a specific reward at the end of the task. For some people little rewards are enough to get them going.
- CHUNK IT DOWN: If the work seems overwhelming or boring or unappealing, break it down into small bearable chunks and just do it one piece at a time.
- FRIENDS: Work with a friend or else tell your friend what work you want to get done and then check in on each other at the end of the night. Help each other stay on track.
- RULE OF 3: If you can’t get started, write down the 3 most important things you must get done before you go to bed, then don’t even look at any other tasks until these 3 are completed.
- MOTIVATING IMAGES: Find slogans, or images that motivate you and put them near your workspace.
ASKING FOR HELP
Powerful learners have a number of things in common and one of the most important ones is that they seek help when they need it. If you are struggling in aspect of your life, the best thing you can do is to reach out and ask for assistance. The worst thing you can do is to do nothing or pretend the issue doesn’t exist. For example, if there have been aspects of your learning this year that you have find difficult, or have fallen behind in, this last term of school before the end of the year is the perfect time to reach out for help.
SEEKING SUPPORT – If things in your life are upsetting you, this will affect your ability to learn effectively. College staff members such as the Director of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing, the Year Coordinator, College Counsellor or your Homeroom Teacher may be a suitable person you can approach.
SUBJECT SPECIFIC ISSUES – If you are finding a particular subject difficult, or have fallen behind, the first place you should seek help should be your classroom teacher. Firstly, ask questions in class as problems arise. If you find you have too many questions that it is not practical to ask them all in class, then ask your teacher if you can make a time to discuss the issues you are having outside of class time. Other places you might be able to find subject-specific help are: books or extra textbooks in the school or local library, other students in the class, students in older years, other teachers at the school, family members, family friends.
LEARNING ISSUES – If you aren’t having trouble with a specific subject, but are finding learning for school in general difficult, the first people to talk to are your parents. You might like to write down your feelings or what you are experiencing so you can explain things to them clearly. Your parents can then help you decide what steps to take next. It is probably a good idea for them to talk to your teachers first to get their perspectives. They might make an appointment with the Year Coordinator to discuss with you and your parents to talk through the issues you are experiencing.
A reminder that all families have access to the Study Skills Handbook.
PROBLEM OF THE FORTNIGHT
Complete the following:
1. 26 L of the A – 26 letters of the alphabet.
2. 7 D of the W –
3. 7 W of the W –
4. 12 S of the Z –
5. 66 B of the B –
6. 52 C in a P (W J) –
7. 13 S in the U S F –
8. 18 H on a G C –
9. 39 B of the O T –
10. 5 T on a F –
You should switch. Contrary to what may seem intuitive, switching actually doubles your chances of winning the car. Click on the following link for an explanation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vRUxbzJZ9Y
Director of Learning and Teaching