The 'Pep-talk'

Psyche yourself up to get the best out of your study session.


We all need motivation to help us get started on and complete a task.


Motivate yourself to study by:

motivate yourself to study

  • Studying in the same place at the same time: this creates the habit of studying.
  • Keep your work area tidy: clear the clutter from your desk and you’ll clear the clutter from your mind.
  • Begin positively: recite something you already learned or look at a test result you’re proud of and this will boost your confidence and spur you on.
  • Complete tasks: have a to-do list and tick off tasks as you go along. It will make you feel good about achieving.
  • Keep planning: keep planning what you will do today, tomorrow, next week. You’ll feel organised and on top of things.
  • Use a motivation sign: write up a goal you want to achieve and you’ll be reminded to keep aiming for it.
  • Share problems: discuss difficulties with friends so you don’t feel isolated or stupid.
  • Study with a friend: this can make you do the work!
  • Reward yourself: this gives you something to aim for at the end of your study session.

For more study tips, read Shortcuts to Success: Study and Exam Skills for Leaving Certificate by Irene Togher.

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