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I need help with motivation for school, I don’t know how to study well and I feel lazy!

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Finding motivation for school can be really difficult. School is tiring, burdensome, and sometimes a scary place to be as a teenager. It’s normal to go through times when you don’t feel as engaged and active in school. So it’s great that you’re self-aware and you’ve noticed that you may not be as motivated as you want to be or as determined as you could be, and you’ve taken responsibility to make sure that you’re getting the best education that you can and you are actively trying to improve. You’ve already taken the first step in helping yourself try to improve your work ethic.

Sometimes we’re motivated by goals we’ve set for ourselves or dreams we have. Sometimes we’re motivated by our peers, our teachers, or our parents. Sometimes we’re motivated to do better in school to make ourselves look better. But no matter what the motivation is for us to go to school or try and excel in school, what you do in these 12 years and how you approach school, should always be about you and what you want to get out of it and how you are going to benefit the most from it.

Maybe the best question to ask yourself at this time is, “What motivates you?” The answer to this question can vary from ensuring a good future to pride and dignity. If you can identify the certain feeling you have when you’re motivated and what has caused it, maybe you can find the underlying reason as to why at this certain period of time, you’re not feeling as motivated as you want to be.

At times, even when we are feeling motivated and ready to do good work, we don’t always know the best way in which to approach a certain subject or how to best prepare for a test. Strategies to study well vary from person to person. Maybe you need more time to study in order for the information to really sink in, or maybe you’re more of a visual learner, auditory learner, or a kinesthetic learner. It’s all about finding something that works best for you. Every student at some point in time has come across this learning curve. It’s totally normal to have hit this obstacle in your studies and it’s all about trying out different methods and strategies and not being discouraged when it doesn’t work out. Figuring out what’s going to work best for you and perseverance are what’s going to help you to jump over this obstacle.

But during this time, it’s always best to make sure you’re taking good care of yourself. Doing all that you can in order for you to be physically, mentally, and psychologically healthy can really help make sure that you’re focused and ready to learn when you are at school. Practicing self-care is just as important as your studies, so try doing things that you enjoy as well, such as writing, playing sports, or hanging out with friends. Studying isn’t always the most important thing in life!

Feel free to chat with us online at www., or text us at 587.333.2724 during our peer support hours. Our trained volunteers are here because they care about people and want to be able to help and support you.

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