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Lack of motivation first year

I’m a first year biomed student and have been missing more and more lectures, tutorials and today even missed a lab out of laziness/lack of energy. I haven’t really been catching up either and planning to use the holidays for this. I like my course but i’m starting to rapidly lose motivation to study and afraid of what will happen. I’m finding it hard to balance studying, sleeping and eating properly. People i talk to tell me not to worry because it’s only first year. Any advice please!?
Original post by Anonymous
I’m a first year biomed student and have been missing more and more lectures, tutorials and today even missed a lab out of laziness/lack of energy. I haven’t really been catching up either and planning to use the holidays for this. I like my course but i’m starting to rapidly lose motivation to study and afraid of what will happen. I’m finding it hard to balance studying, sleeping and eating properly. People i talk to tell me not to worry because it’s only first year. Any advice please!?

:console:

Which subject?

I would prioritise labs, seminars and tutorials, as attendance is usually marked for those (at least in my uni). An assignment is usually based on labs in particular :smile:

Double check your programme specification to see if the passing grade is 40% for each module. This might differ depending on course and university, so do check that :tongue:

First year is kinda important to set a foundation. A kind of practice for second and third year. I find myself using feedback I got from second and first year a lot to help improve my assignments in third year :smile:
Original post by Anonymous #1
I’m a first year biomed student and have been missing more and more lectures, tutorials and today even missed a lab out of laziness/lack of energy. I haven’t really been catching up either and planning to use the holidays for this. I like my course but i’m starting to rapidly lose motivation to study and afraid of what will happen. I’m finding it hard to balance studying, sleeping and eating properly. People i talk to tell me not to worry because it’s only first year. Any advice please!?

Anon,

Why do you think you've lost motivation? Are you trying to do too many things at the moment so you don't have energy for your course? Are there lots of assignments that have you do that are making you feel stressed,so your just not wanting to do anything? Is there a particular module that's boring or really difficult? Are you spending too much time trying to study in your room, where perhaps you need to try studying with others or in more social settings e.g. in the library or at a coffee shop?

Good sleeping habits tend to start with a regular routine, so trying to go sleep at roughly the same time each night or making sure that get the same hours can help, so if you normally sleep at 10pm and wake up for 6am, try and keep to this, but if you go to sleep at 11:30pm don't try and still get up for 6am, get up for 07:30am. Get your eight hours!

Try and find some recipes that don't take too long to cook and which don't use too many ingredients. For now, if you are behind on work, it might be easier to get some microwave/oven meals and to add some salad or veg to it, so that you can get on with working rather than spending an hour or longer cooking. Try and plan what you will eat based around your timetable, so if you know it's going to be a long day on Tuesday, then just have an oven pizza when you get back. If you know you finish early on Monday, cook a nice meal and cook extra so then you can have it on Tuesday or another day when you don't have much time.

Book in the time for rest and down time, so that you have a stop time for working and so that you can catch up with friends, go to the gym, watch a movie, read a book for leisure, go to a society, etc... Try and keep these times locked into your diary, so that you are resting and coming back to your studies with a fresh mind.

It takes time to get into a good routine, so try not to be too hard on yourself, but do think about what you can do going forward to make your next term easier.

All the best,

Oluwatosin 3rd year student University of Huddersfield
Original post by Anonymous #1
I’m a first year biomed student and have been missing more and more lectures, tutorials and today even missed a lab out of laziness/lack of energy. I haven’t really been catching up either and planning to use the holidays for this. I like my course but i’m starting to rapidly lose motivation to study and afraid of what will happen. I’m finding it hard to balance studying, sleeping and eating properly. People i talk to tell me not to worry because it’s only first year. Any advice please!?

Hi there,

Sorry to hear it sounds like you are having a tough time. It can be really hard to keep motivated, especially towards this time of year.

I would say that sleep is definitely a priority! If you are too tired you won't be able to focus on your work so try and make sure you are getting a decent amount of sleep each night. Also eating is very important too, if you don't eat enough you will feel tired and demotivated.

Try and make a plan for each day of what you are going to do and what times and this way you can plan out sleeping and eating times so you know that you have enough time to do these as well as studying and socialising.

I would also say to make a plan of when all of your assignments are due so that you don't fall behind on these. It's important to still be attending your course as this will really help with the work.

It's also good to make sure you still have time to do fun things as going out and socialising can help with your motivation! Maybe going to the gym, for a walk or meeting some friends would really help. Make sure you still have time for yourself as well as working.

With eating, it can be hard to plan meals at uni and I find if I don't have a plan of what I'm having that day I tend to eat really late and it's not the best meal. Try making a meal plan at the start of the week and this way you know what you will be having that day and then you know that you have all of the ingredients too. It's okay to eat pizzas and ready meals, but make sure some meals have veg in too as this will make you feel a lot more energised.

I hope this helps and you start to feel a bit more motivated soon,
Lucy -SHU student ambassador.

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