Your students’ eyes may not necessarily light up when you start talking study material, but you may notice that some dread reading and studying more than others. While some lucky students seem to have a passion for learning ingrained in them, many others need to find their motivation and a reason for dedicating their precious time to a subject.

Students may find their motivation by:

  • Gaining practical work experience
  • Learning to prioritize
  • Refining their work ethic

Share these hints with your students to help them discover what successes their studies may bring them.

Gain practical work experience

Students, this is a great way to gain much-needed insight in your chosen field. You’ll be surprised to find how learning more about your future career path will help you see it more tangibly and encourage you to excel in your studies. If you know that a mastery of a subject or skill will help you to succeed in your career, you’ll find yourself wanting to master it!

An internship or other practical work experience also gives you an important section on your résumé that you can show employers. Employers know that students who had practical work experience are likely very driven and hard-working.

Learn to prioritize

We often hear from instructors that one of college students’ biggest challenges is an inability to prioritize or manage time. Recently, business mogul Warren Buffet shared his unique advice on prioritizing a busy schedule.

According to Huffington Post article, “Warren Buffett’s ‘Two-List’ Strategy: How to Maximize Your Focus and Master Your Priorities,” Buffett suggests giving your very top five goals your utmost attention. To do this, make a list of your top 20 goals, then circle the five that are most important to you. Buffett explains, “Everything you didn’t circle just became your Avoid-At-All-Cost list. No matter what, these things get no attention from you until you’ve succeeded with your top five.”

This strategy is meant to keep you on-task. We’ve all read studies that show multitasking actually slows productivity. Focus your efforts on the most important or timeliest tasks on your plate before moving to something else.

Refine your work ethic

In college, there is no one around to force you to study. This may be ideal or detrimental. You’re on your own to develop an effective work ethic that makes you want to study hard, do a good job, and excel. When you’re juggling academics, a part-time job and a social life all at the same time, you’re building time management skills. That strong work ethic will really pay off when it comes time to pursue a career.

Know that whether you succeed or fail, the choice is yours. If you’re someone who struggles in certain subjects, be sure to get the help that you need before it’s too late to bounce back. Your school likely offers vital resources you need to succeed, such as skilled tutors, a writing center full of peer-reviewers, and counselors that can help you blaze your trail.

What advice do you have for students looking for motivation to study? Share your insight below.