FastJobs’ Tips to Stay Motivated to Study
Written by Jarrett Ng
As a former unmotivated student myself, I recognize that the start of the new year also means the start of the academic year, and it can be very hard to get back into the grind after a long and lazy holiday period. Fret not, however. We at FastJobs are here to help you get back on track, to ensure you’ll be well-qualified to apply for a variety of part-time or full-time jobs on FastJobs in the future. Here’s our list of tips to keep you motivated to study!
Plan Your Study Schedule
Time is of the essence - and this is especially true when it comes to studying. Many students in the past (including myself) have not managed their time properly when studying - usually leaving it to the last minute and dreading in fear as they slowly realize the impossibility of cramming in so much content in such a short time. Well, let this be a cautionary tale. Managing your time wisely ensures that you’ll have the time to do the things you like, whether it’s playing games or watching shows, and still leave you with enough time to study.
An essential part of managing your time as a student is to plan out a proper study schedule. It allows you to establish a consistent routine that requires discipline to stick to, as opposed to simply studying when you feel like it - or when you need to (chances are it may be too late by then). For starters, why not plan a daily schedule and allocate time to study every day? If you stick to it, you’ll be able to score well for your exams and eventually build up your qualifications to apply for a job at FastJobs.
Feed Your Brain
Food is, like foodies everywhere say, “the essence of life.” It fuels us and keeps us going throughout the day. But did you know that food also plays an important role in helping you concentrate? Place some snacks and sweets by your table as you study - having to chew on something means it’s less likely you’ll doze off. Just take note of your calorie intake!
Special kinds of foods containing nutrients that help in improving one’s memory and concentration do exist as well. No, these aren’t your mom’s homemade recipes - these are scientifically proven to help your brain! These include fatty fish (e.g. salmon and tuna), dark chocolate, nuts (e.g. almonds and walnuts), eggs, and green tea (matcha lovers rejoice!). If you were ever looking for a good excuse to eat up, here you go.
Set Short-Term Goals
Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s not necessarily a bad thing that one sets long-term goals - direction is always needed for one to achieve success. However, short-term goals are the key to achieving what you set for the long-term. They serve as the building blocks - the things you need to accomplish first before the long-term goals can be achieved. For example, instead of simply aiming to score straight As in your exams, try focusing on completing all the assignments on a textbook or reading through a few chapters as well.
Working out isn’t just to lose weight, contrary to popular opinion. It does wonders for the mind as well! Physical exercise helps to improve your memory and motivation - with the increase in oxygen going into the brain, it reduces the risk of disorders that may lead to memory loss. Exercise also helps produce helpful brain chemicals and reduces stress hormone levels. Not to mention, exercise improves the brain’s neuroplasticity - it’s science talk for, “it’s good for your brain”. So head to the gym, or go for your morning run - it’ll do wonders for getting in the mood to study.
Getting the motivation to study is never an easy thing - but we hope that by equipping yourself with these tips, it may just get a little bit easier! On another note, once you’re finished with your exams and have some free time during the holidays, why not look for part-time jobs in Singapore on FastJobs?