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Staying motivated while studying

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Staying motivated while studying 

Whatever the project, seeing something through to the end becomes more difficult once your initial motivation dies down.

When it comes to study, we find there are two common reasons our students find it challenging to finish their course:

  • They’ve skipped a week or two, and can’t seem to get back into it
  • They’re struggling with something in their course, and are feeling discouraged

If this sounds like you, don’t worry; we have a few strategies to help you along!

Just start – Everyone struggles with procrastination – some of us more than others! This is often because we feel stressed when we think about the task at hand. However, you’ll find once you start, it’s never as hard as you thought it would be.

Say no to distractions – Schedule chunks of time in your week for study. Blocking this time out in advance is key to ensuring you keep progressing with your studies. Stay away from your emails and social media during study time.Set mini goals and rewards – Large or long-term goals can be overwhelming. Break up each module into specific and achievable goals, each with a small reward. Each success will trigger your brain’s reward centre, releasing the feel-good chemical, dopamine. This will help to focus your concentration and to feel inspired to take on another task.

Stay accountable – Talk about your study to your friends, family and colleagues. This will help create not only a supportive environment, but also a level of accountability to help you push forward.

Contact your tutor

Don’t get discouraged if you’re finding something difficult or need some clarification, our tutors are experts and they’re here to help! It’s as easy as sending an email or picking up the phone.

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Set up your study space

Home office with desk laptop and stationery


Your study space

Follow our tips to set up your study space.

Location, location, location!

Are you able to study at work, or are you planning to study from home? Whether it’s your home office or the kitchen bench, a quiet area to study will help you stay on task and work through the course material at a consistent pace.

Get organised

Organise your study space and have any books, equipment and stationery you need close to hand. This will help you stay on task and stop you getting sidetracked!

Coping with distractions

While it’s not always possible to have a silent space to work in, having a chat with your flatmates or children about your needs will mean they are less likely to interrupt you. If your kids are at home, set them up with an activity, a snack and their water bottle – this should give you some extra time!

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Try brain boosting healthy snacks!

Healthy snacks strawberries blueberries and nuts


Brain boosters!

Temporarily boosting your energy levels with convenient but unhealthy snacks will only exhaust you further. 

Many of us can’t help but reach for quick, easy and unhealthy snack options when we are studying – because who has the time! But making sure you have a range of brain boosting snacks is a must, so here are some healthy food options to help your learning.

Pre Study Breakfast

Eggs on toast. Whether they’re scrambled, boiled or poached, eggs are an amazing brain food. Serve them with wholegrain toast for a solid high-fibre breakfast. If eggs aren’t your thing, swap them for some peanut butter. It contains healthy fats and lots of protein, and it tastes amazing!

Liquid gold

Water, water, water! Staying hydrated is the key to maintaining your concentration. Resist the urge to swap your water for an unhealthy sugar loaded alternative!


It’s a no brainer that fruits and vegetables are an excellent healthy alterme top snacking fruits are apples, bananas, avocadoes and berries. They contain fructose and healthy sugars for a natural energy boost. For a treat, have a mix of nuts, seeds and even a bit of dark chocolate. Dark chocolate may not be to everyone’s taste, but it has been found to increase the flow of blood to the brain and even lower blood pressure!

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Colour can boost your productivity

Different Coloured pastels


Boost your productivity
with colour!

Your brain loves colour! We all know that colour can affect our moods and appetite, but did you know that it can also affect your productivity and concentration?

BLUE affects your mind. If your brain is hard at work all day, then the calming affects of the colour blue will make you more productive. Blue is also said to soothe by lowering your heart rate.

YELLOW affects your emotions. This is a colour that will fuel your creativity and inspire new ideas. It is also said to make you more optimistic and heighten your spirits.

RED affects your body. A warm and encouraging colour, it is said to energise and incite, giving you a boost of energy while studying! It’s also a great colour to use when studying something difficult to remember, as words written in red are more vibrant and appealing to the eye.

GREEN affects your balance. Many people find that studying in the outdoors provides them with a calm and reassuring environment, allowing them to take in and retain more information.

Learn with colour

When note-taking, differentiate topics by drawing a mind map or other visual aid. Use different colours in each section to stimulate the creative part of your brain and help you visually separate different topics.

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Tips to beat procrastination

Beat procrastination!

Online study requires a different kind of motivation to classroom learning.

Some of us really have the knack for putting the ‘pro’ in procrastination! This can become all too easy when you’re learning online, so avoid leaving things until the last minute with these tips.

Avoiding a task?

Tackling the most challenging or time consuming task first can be a great way to keep on track. If you’re feeling stuck, make sure to contact your course tutor – they’re here to help! Use the live chat function through your course login.

Schedule time for study

Some students find making a study calendar and setting their own due dates means they treat distance learning as if it’s an actual classroom.

Others recommend setting aside a block of time every day to work through their course material. Let family and colleagues know when you’ll be studying to ensure there are no disruptions.

Reduce distraction

Distractions can be found everywhere. Turn your phone off, put your tablet away and switch off the television and radio. Try setting a goal to reward yourself, such as “I will work through the first three tasks before I check my emails.”

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Understand your learning style

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Know your learning style

People take in new information in many different ways.

Is the way you study the best for your learning style?

Visual Learners 

You work best using pictorial or graphically formatted information. Diagrams, images and graphs appeal to your style of learning.

Kinaesthetic/Active Learners

Manipulating objects and experimenting with practical or physical activities appeal to you the most. You learn through trial and error, enjoy problem solving and tend to work in groups.

Aural Learners

Listening to audio aids or hearing a tutor speak on a topic engages your attention and prompts you to discuss your own ideas with others.

Reading/Note Learners

You search for explanations and make notes based on material you have read. You tend to use repetitive methods to remember information.

What’s your style?

Many learners show a strong preference to one particular learning style, however most use a combination. Understanding which styles you identify with the most, will allow you to make the most of your learning potential.