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How do you keep your drive during periods where you don’t feel like working? I’m on year 13 and my grades are not looking too good but I struggle to get myself to work to make them better. Especially with Spanish, I haven’t improved much since I started and I’m afraid it’s way too late
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I think it's about keeping the balance between being kind to yourself and being strict with yourself. If you don't feel like working, ask yourself why, then do a 5 mins transition activity that gets you to your desk, and then try to do 20 mins of work. If you can't focus at all during the 20 mins, you probably (not necessarily - gotta know yourself!) Need a break. If you find that you can progress through the work, it should be easier to carry on. Having something to look forward to at the end of the day can also help!
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(Original post by LettuceCake)
How do you keep your drive during periods where you don’t feel like working? I’m on year 13 and my grades are not looking too good but I struggle to get myself to work to make them better. Especially with Spanish, I haven’t improved much since I started and I’m afraid it’s way too late
Hey LettuceCake , I totally agree with redmeercat here - it's all about balance. Doing little and often was always key for me. Set yourself very small and achievable tasks each day (E.g. read and understand two paragraphs/translate one section/write five grammatically correct sentences). The smaller the goal- the easier it is to tick off your list and you'll start to get a real feeling of accomplishment in your studying, and you'll progress naturally. Other than that, when it comes to languages I'd say it's all about making it fun and not forced. It's really difficult to learn a language at times, and even more so if you're not in the country! I studied French, and watched TV shows with French subtitles, listened to French music and radio stations. These all subconsciously put me in a 'French' mindset that I slowly but surely started to notice some big pros from Once you get in to learning your grammar rules etc, you'll maybe be able to recognise where they're being used in real life.

I studied Spanish for my first two years at uni, and recently watched Money Heist on Netflix (in Spanish, with English subtitles) and reaaaaallly can't recommend it more if you're looking for a good show to get your teeth stuck in to!! :yep:

Good luck!!

- Caitlin
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