Three reasons you may feel demotivated right now

teenager face down on a pile of open books

(and just as many reasons to stay cheerful)

Every year around this time, some of the chat on TSR takes a turn for the gloomy.

I feel so demotivated right now. I feel like there's so much to do and such little time.


It’s so hard to get going – it’s just dark all the time and I just want to sleep. 


Does this sound like you? Here are a few reasons why you might be feeling demotivated – and how to shake that blah feeling.  

stack of textbooks

Teachers are in overdrive

Q. What’s worse than homework? A. Loads and loads and loads of homework.

If it feels like your teachers are in overdrive – piling on the work, rushing through new stuff, not doing as many interesting activities – it might be because they have new lesson specifications. This could mean they’re not as confident about the content or assessments and they may be a bit behind on the scheme of work.

That kind of anxious mood can end up being pretty contagious.

How to stay positive 

Wait it out, because this won’t last for too long. Courses will end, holidays will begin and teachers will start to relax and realise that it’s actually all up to you.

girl wearing gloves and jumper and holding books

It's still winter

Christmas is a distant memory but it’s still freezing cold out – and ugh, when will we even get to see sunlight again?! You could well be getting up in the dark and trudging home in the dark, too. It can be hard to stay motivated when time itself feels like it’s working against you – thanks for nothing, daylight savings.

How to stay positive

Keep your eyes on the prize – seasons change and spring is coming (we promise). Flowers will bloom, lambs will leap and you’ll finally be able to leave the house without wearing an Arctic bodysuit and a headlamp to light your way.

Revision and exams are looming

“Look ahead to spring time?!” we hear you cry. “But that means looking forward to being locked away in my bedroom with nothing for company but in-depth weekly revision plans and endless stuff to learn, all leading up to sitting in an exam hall, desperately trying to recall half-remembered facts. No thanks!”

How to stay positive

Once revision kicks into gear, things do get better – you'll build up some momentum and actually get to enjoy the satisfaction of learning things and finally figuring out what that class was all about.

Give yourself a head start and do the preparations to get ready to start revising. You can use our Study Planner to create a great revision timetable, and discover all the great resources on TSR to help you make revision notes that are actually useful.

What do you do to stay motivated during this time of year? Share your tips below! 

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