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emmanuella's study discussions #1: motivation and discipline

Hello everyone,
Welcome to the first thread from emmanuella's Study Discussions, led by @emm4nuella! In these threads, we will be talking and discussing all things to do with studying and revision, especially as exam season is looming! Today's thread is all about motivation and discipline!

I want to know how you stay disciplined and motivated - that's it! Explain in as much detail as you can what discipline and motivation means to you, and how you use these skills to aid your revision!

Anyone and everyone can get involved! Looking forward to reading your answers :biggrin:!

GET INVOLVED WITH OTHER DISCUSSIONS :biggrin:: emmanuella's study discussions master thread :smile: - The Student Room
(edited 1 month ago)
I have initially tagged in some Grow your Grades bloggers - can't wait for your answers! :biggrin:

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Original post by emm4nuella
Hello everyone,
Welcome to the first thread from emmanuella's Study Discussions, led by @emm4nuella! In these threads, we will be talking and discussing all things to do with studying and revision, especially as exam season is looming! Today's thread is all about motivation and discipline!
I want to know how you stay disciplined and motivated - that's it! Explain in as much detail as you can what discipline and motivation means to you, and how you use these skills to aid your revision!
Anyone and everyone can get involved! Looking forward to reading your answers :biggrin:!

I really need this thread right now, my motivation has dropped to the floor.

Normally I’d try and romanticise my life and make studying feel more aesthetic and healthy and cool so then I’m more happy to do it. Otherwise I get really mad at myself and say right you’re staying at this desk until you get X hours done.

Right now neither are working tho, tips would be appreciated everyone
Original post by study23!
I really need this thread right now, my motivation has dropped to the floor.
Normally I’d try and romanticise my life and make studying feel more aesthetic and healthy and cool so then I’m more happy to do it. Otherwise I get really mad at myself and say right you’re staying at this desk until you get X hours done.
Right now neither are working tho, tips would be appreciated everyone

i feel the same, motivation has just disappeared all of a sudden
I think for me, the way I discipline myself is to make sure I do at least some studying even if I'm completely out of it, if I'm feeling restless I go out on walks or clean the house - using my energy basically.

My motivation isn't really a good one, kinda toxic, but yk:
It's that I'm the youngest and only girl..so I don't want to be the only one in my fam who does bad in academics😭💀 Also that if I do well I can get out of my house and go Uni
On a cheerier motivation note: the people around me studying hard for A*s, As or just to improve really motivate me a lot, I want to be more like them and do well too. They/You guys really inspire me 🙂
Reply 5
personally i prefer to rely on routines rather than discipline, although I suppose that relies on a bit of motivation still in the first instance. for me that means really using my free periods when i'm in a study environment, and creating a habit of working at certain times.

otherwise i really want to make sure that i'm going to do myself proud: i want my results to reflect all of my hard work. :rave:
For me, I've developed personal discipline through consistency and making sure I'm on top of things. So I've formed a habit of studying for 1-2 hours once every two days even when it's not exam season - it's not intense at all, it's just giving myself time to go through topics or things we covered in lessons and basically revise it and make a good revision resource for it so that when it is exam season all I need to do is go through my flashcards and I'm good to go (it's actually been really helpful for mocks so far especially for subjects like science).

I also have a discipline in the sense that I know my goals so I know I will work hard to get there and achieve that - this sort of gives me a self-accountability too.

My discipline is helpful too because it allows me to take time off when I need it, I know I'll be taking temporary time off and will bounce back straight after so that assurance lets me recharge when I have to which is good so I can keep going!
flora !! tracking my revision has been a lifesaver, it’s amazing. i think anyone who is struggling with motivation should try flora/forest - its a game changer!
Reply 8
Original post by emm4nuella
Hello everyone,
Welcome to the first thread from emmanuella's Study Discussions, led by @emm4nuella! In these threads, we will be talking and discussing all things to do with studying and revision, especially as exam season is looming! Today's thread is all about motivation and discipline!
I want to know how you stay disciplined and motivated - that's it! Explain in as much detail as you can what discipline and motivation means to you, and how you use these skills to aid your revision!
Anyone and everyone can get involved! Looking forward to reading your answers :biggrin:!
GET INVOLVED WITH OTHER DISCUSSIONS :biggrin:: emmanuella's study discussions master thread :smile: - The Student Room

I’ve kind of hit rock bottom with procrastination :frown: The closer exams are (6 days omg 😰) the more I can’t get myself to do anything because of the stress - so honestly, any tips would be greatly appreciated 🙏
But usually, I would use studybunny, the monthly overview really helped (but it somehow doesn’t motivate me anymore lol). At this point I probably need some ‘toxic’ motivation for me to actually get something done 😂
I think for me THE MOST IMPORTANT THING is making a decision when I get to my desk, I ask myself realistically how much energy do I have to revise:
If I'm tired, I listen to music, sleep, spend time with my family etc.
If I'm restless, I exercise or try to learn something new eg. cooking or singing
If I'm stressed, I write down whats stressing me out as a to-do list, on my blog, just on a piece of paper
If I have no motivation, I find it by speaking to other people (in person or on tsr) about their motivations
If I think I have some energy, I do hwk or Dr Frost
AVOID SCROLLING, it makes you more distracted and tired

Procrastination is like pain, it's there to tell you something is wrong and the only way you can fix procrastination, is to fix the underlying problem. You got this!
(edited 1 month ago)
Original post by emm4nuella
Hello everyone,
Welcome to the first thread from emmanuella's Study Discussions, led by @emm4nuella! In these threads, we will be talking and discussing all things to do with studying and revision, especially as exam season is looming! Today's thread is all about motivation and discipline!
I want to know how you stay disciplined and motivated - that's it! Explain in as much detail as you can what discipline and motivation means to you, and how you use these skills to aid your revision!
Anyone and everyone can get involved! Looking forward to reading your answers :biggrin:!
GET INVOLVED WITH OTHER DISCUSSIONS :biggrin:: emmanuella's study discussions master thread :smile: - The Student Room

There is no discipline nor motivation HAHA, just a procrastinator with a fear of failure. I use a website/app though called pomofocus that is essentially a pomodo timer that also keeps track of ur study hours and i guess it either helps me see how little ive done and then pushes me to study more that day/week, or i can see how much ive done and feel content. Asides from that, I'm struggling lol.
Original post by crazyhuman007
I think for me, the way I discipline myself is to make sure I do at least some studying even if I'm completely out of it, if I'm feeling restless I go out on walks or clean the house - using my energy basically.
My motivation isn't really a good one, kinda toxic, but yk:
It's that I'm the youngest and only girl..so I don't want to be the only one in my fam who does bad in academics😭💀 Also that if I do well I can get out of my house and go Uni
On a cheerier motivation note: the people around me studying hard for A*s, As or just to improve really motivate me a lot, I want to be more like them and do well too. They/You guys really inspire me 🙂

u sound exactly like me! good luck <33
Original post by emm4nuella
I have initially tagged in some Grow your Grades bloggers - can't wait for your answers! :biggrin:

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I have no motivation honestly cuz of all stress and exams but I thin everyone else in the world is doing exam, im not only one. I think after I can relax and chill and after exams there will be big party on results day lol
I use Forest to stay on track, as it can block apps you might be tempted to open whilst studying and it's really motivating seeing how much revision you've done and all the little trees you've planted :biggrin:
Original post by emm4nuella
Hello everyone,
Welcome to the first thread from emmanuella's Study Discussions, led by @emm4nuella! In these threads, we will be talking and discussing all things to do with studying and revision, especially as exam season is looming! Today's thread is all about motivation and discipline!
I want to know how you stay disciplined and motivated - that's it! Explain in as much detail as you can what discipline and motivation means to you, and how you use these skills to aid your revision!
Anyone and everyone can get involved! Looking forward to reading your answers :biggrin:!
GET INVOLVED WITH OTHER DISCUSSIONS :biggrin:: emmanuella's study discussions master thread :smile: - The Student Room

I know this definitely doesn't work for everyone all the time, as all my friends have different ways of staying focused, but for me keeping distractions away during work is an absolute must, and planning when to allow yourself to be distracted on breaks is also a good idea! I usually throw my phone on my bed, sit down at my desk, and do some easy work when I get home after a long day, as I eventually get into the swing of things and forget where the time goes, and if I stay on my phone for a minute, the same thing happens! 2 hours go by and I'm lost as to where my evening's gone and when I'm going to do my homework due tomorrow!!!
Stopping distractions also includes things like skipping music tracks, or posting on TSR (I'm quite often guilty of this), so I usually make a new playlist of about an hour's length for music so I don't have to go to spotify every 10 mins or so to edit it!
Finally, I'd say to also ALWAYS remind yourself of your goals and why you're studying in the first place, whether that be a long term goal like getting into the uni of your dreams (mine would be Cambridge!), going into your dream course, or even something short term, like wanting to do better than your last test or even to beat a friend on the upcoming one! Whatever it is motivating you, use it to your advantage! If you're struggling to find motivation, perhaps ask others what motivates them, or even go on a journey to find it! The harder you work to find that motivation, the better it is and the harder it is to forget!

Apologies if this is a bit longer than expected, I hope everyone finds it useful!
Reply 15
I don't think I have ever been disciplined in my life tbh
I struggle a lot with mental blocks when it comes to studying and I often don't think I'm smart enough, but in that scenario I tend to give myself a pep talk, and then proceed to list everything I know verbally. I do like to set time limits as well because I find I do better in an exam environment tbh
Reply 16
Heya!
One tip is try not to delay revision! i learnt that lesson a lot today whilst i was doing my mocks, and i've realised that giving time and dedication to revision is better than regretting doing nothing at all. I know it sounds quite toxic, but that really snaps me into the real world and to try to start revising in advance. I do take breaks, but i try to lower my screen time and find other ways to take breaks instead like reading a chapter in a book, listening to a song or taking a walk. I hope this helps!! nice to see the gyg squad again and glad to be a part of it.


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Reply 17
Original post by study23!
I really need this thread right now, my motivation has dropped to the floor.
Normally I’d try and romanticise my life and make studying feel more aesthetic and healthy and cool so then I’m more happy to do it. Otherwise I get really mad at myself and say right you’re staying at this desk until you get X hours done.
Right now neither are working tho, tips would be appreciated everyone

I can totaly relate. Also fancy seeing you here again lol

Maybe it's my jealousy of others or fear of failure that kicks in last minute. It's sad and to be honest it's never been a sustainable strategy.

I'm not an easy to motivate person, but hopefully this will be a wake up call.

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