4 ways to Stay Motivated in February


When students come back from winter break, they are often lacking in motivation and struggle to get back on track academically. Students have been focusing on school for several months yet still have months to go before they reach the end of the school year. February also brings colder temperatures often making students tired and uninterested in general. However, there are a few things students can do to stay motivated during the winter months and help them maintain high grades while setting goals for the future – don’t wait until you fall behind in your classes, book your private Irvine tutor today.

1. Set short-term goals

Long-term goals are always helpful but, if students are struggling to work towards something they won’t reap the benefits from until next year, it’s a good idea to set some short-term goals. Rather than getting an A in a particular class, they could focus on getting an A on one particular assignment or improving their grade by 5 or 10 points. Students can also set goals unrelated to grades such as working to improve their intro sentences in English class or memorizing important formulas in math class. It’s easier to stay motivated with short-term goals because students can reach them faster and stay positive about their immediate academic situation.

2. Keep an eye on the big picture

In addition to viewing things in the short-term, students are encouraged to keep an eye on the big picture. For students in high school, this might be applying to college while for younger students it might be finishing the third grade or adjusting to the middle school environment. It’s important for students to see that their immediate actions affect their overall situation and that every effort they make can add positively to their academic future. Many tasks don’t have an immediate reward, so it’s important that either parents or tutors remind students that they’re working towards something great (READ: Irvine Tutor Tips: Improve Your Study Skills This Winter).

3. Get organizational help

Another way to help students stay on track in February is to get some organizational help from a one-on-one tutor. Assignments can easily become overwhelming, especially when students are starting all new classes as part of a new semester. If students can sit down with their Orange County tutor and write out a calendar for when assignments are due and work together to figure out about how much time it will take to complete each assignment, school will become less overwhelming. Tutors can also work with students to break up long assignments into smaller parts, making it easier to focus on.

4. Make studying more fun

One reason students become apathetic about learning in the middle of the school year is that they see it as only hard work and not much fun. If studying can be a fun social activity students are more likely to participate. Although each student will have challenging topics they need to focus on in an environment with no distractions, many subjects can be studied in a group environment. Working with friends and peers help students stay positive about learning and enjoy a little bit of social time in between. Students can also encourage each other to push through difficult chapters or topics and help each other out based on their strengths and weaknesses.

A great way to stay focused during the winter months is to work with a private Irvine academic tutor from TutorNerds. Call us today for more information.

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