How to Stay Motivated During Your Online College Program

College is demanding, online college is even more demanding because the classes are accelerated and also because a student in online college has to be self-motivated and disciplined to stay on task all of the time. There is no one around to push except you. There is no one there to give words of encouragement or to lean on when things get rough and you feel discouraged. The online college student generally only gets one break a year making the school years seem to go on and on. Don’t lose hope though, there are ways to stay motivated and avoid burn out when attending online college.

First of all remember why you are going to college. Look at the big picture and see what is ahead. There are many times when it seems like school will go on forever but it will come to an end and when it does you will feel a great sense of accomplishment. If you need to, get a calendar and mark the end of your college career. This will make the fact that there is an end seem real.

Set specific days to work on college. When I first started online college I worked on school every day. This was not good and resulted in burn out. You must have time away from school. Pick two days when you will not even look at the classroom. If you can’t give yourself two days it is important to at least take one day. Have fun, relax and have some good “me” time or family time.

When you feel like no one cares and no one is there to give you a pep talk, seek out a special friend who will understand that you are feeling stressed and just need a pep talk. If you can’t find a friend, go to the class wall and post your discouragement. Reach out to your classmates. Who knows, some of them might be feeling the same pressure. Your peers will reach out to you and help motivate you to keep plugging away. You reaching out might help a fellow class member too.

Sometimes lack of motivations comes from stress and exhaustion. Find ways to de-stress. A warm bath, a walk, exercise or a visit with a friend are ways to relax. Find what works best for you and get rid of stress. Also get plenty of rest.

Another thing that causes lack of motivation is being spread too thin, the family is demanding your time, your household is demanding time, work is demanding and college is demanding. You feel like you are being pulled in several different directions and just don’t know what to do or how to manage all of the things in life that demand our attention. Say no to family members unless it is something that you must do. They need to understand that you are working toward something that will benefit all of you in the end and it is stressful. They should help you out and not make it more difficult. Remind them of this fact. Also make the family help around the house.  You should not have to do it all. If they don’t help out, don’t worry about the house, it is ok if it is a little messy.

I did not always apply these tips and I really stressed out during my Bachelor Degree. I have learned to apply much of what I stated here during my Master Degree and it has been a less stressful process. I feel more motivated and have not felt burnt out over college.   Remember that college will end and then you will have a degree and such a great accomplishment to be proud of. That is the best motivation of all.


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