Friday, December 14, 2012

Motivation for students: to actually study


1. Decide why you have to study. The shining goal (or dreadful consequences) is what will keep you working through the night. 

2. Define the scope of work. You've got to know how much information you are going to out in your head in the next few days/hours. Go through questions and materials you already have, get additional books or friends' lectures. Plan and set goals for every day! (or at least read some material for every question especially for oral exams!). 

3. Understand your weak points. If you remember something from your classes, revise it and move on to the questions of which you've never heard or know very little. 

4. Forget about your past failures. Whatever happened, happened. Like Batman, you've got to rise again regardless of your position. Stay positive!

5. Here are some quotes that will help you to set your mind on studying for exam or test or whatever obstacle there is on your road to graduation:

"Make use of time, let not advantage slip." 
- William Shakespeare

"Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today." 
- Benjamin Franklin

"Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there." 
- Will Rogers

"Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right." 
- Henry Ford

"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." 
- Benjamin Franklin

"If not us, who? If not now, when?" 
- John F. Kennedy

"The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones." 
- Chinese Proverb

"If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way." 
- Napoleon Hill

"The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs… one step at a time." 
- Joe Girard

"Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was." 
- Richard L. Evans

"It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly." 
- Isaac Asimov

"Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get." 
- Ray Kroc

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." 
- Vince Lombardi

"Men do less than they ought, unless they do all they can." 
- Thomas Carlyle

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." 
- Aristotle 
(because we all know that sometimes you have to read complete gibberish)

"The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work." 
- Richard Bach

"The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job." 
- Zig Ziglar

"Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
- Henry David Thoreau

Here is the intro for motivation for students series of posts. 

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