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5 tips for finding post-strike motivation

by Miriam Mohamadi

Keep your head up! You can do this. 

Now that school is officially back in session, getting back into the school work grind can be overwhelming. Looking ahead at all the assignments and lecture notes that we have to catch up on, it can be really tempting to just avoid everything. With the end of the semester nearing, and all the school work that still needs to be done, the last thing that you should be doing is procrastinating and leaving everything for last minute.

Don’t know how or where to start? Here are 5 tips for finding post-strike motivation:

Create a schedule

If you have no idea where to start, the best thing you can do is to create a schedule. You’ve heard time and time again from teachers, ” Don’t forget to write * insert subject* down in your agenda.” As annoying as it may be to hear it all the time, doing this will help you manage your time. It will also keep you on track with your assignments and readings. Having some sort of visualization of the work that needs to be done will help you stay organized and keep your workload manageable.

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Use your campus resources

When you have several essays piled up, it’s easy to lose motivation and feel like there’s too much to do. When that happens, getting help with your assignments can make the workload more manageable. There are many free services on campus that can help you with your school work. You can get help with writing and math assignments at Humber’s writing and math centres, or you can sign up for a peer tutor for weekly school work assistance.

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Create a study group

There’s no one who understands your school situation better than your classmates. It’s likely that your school friends are also struggling to find motivation for the rest of the semester. Why not make the best of it and get through it together? Create a study group and set aside a couple hours each week where you can all meet and work on your school work together. Having weekly meetings will help you stay on top of your school work. It will also help you squeeze in time with your friends, which always makes a dreary study session much better.

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Take a break

To keep yourself motivated, making time for friends, hobbies, and activities is essential. Taking a break from your studies will help you avoid a burn out. The break will leave you feeling recharged and ready to get back to work. Just as you need to create a schedule for school, you need to remember to schedule in some time for breaks. Whatever it is that relaxes you or makes you happy, incorporate it into your week to keep your motivation flowing.

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Create a motivational playlist

Motivation can be very personal, what motivates one person might not motivate someone else. Whether you’re more audio or visually inclined, there are endless platforms that can help you find your motivation. If you’re a visual learner, try watching motivational videos on YouTube. Or, hit up Netflix and watch something that will inspire you. If you’re more of a listener, download some motivational podcasts or create a playlist of songs that will reignite your motivation.

Want some good podcasts to listen to? Check out our list of the Best Podcasts for Students.

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Staying motivated is hard, but there’s no shortage of ways to reignite your motivation for school! For more motivation tips, check out 5 must-know tips for staying on track this year.

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