What motivates students to make their choices on a day-to-day (or hour-by-hour) basis? What tasks and responsibilities take up their time? What do they most enjoy doing? And what activities help, or hinder, their study habits?

If you have insight into what drives the decisions students make about spending their time, you may better understand how they stay motivated in college, and you’ll be better poised to engage them where they are.

Because Cengage Learning is interested in learning more about the world of the student, we recently asked over one hundred of them to draw what their typical day looked like. In the video below, we’ve illustrated one of their days—take a look, and see if your students could relate to this student’s experiences.


Strategies for motivating students

If you’re interested in additional tips for motivating students, review our previous posts:

How do you work to motivate students in your courses? Share your insights in the comments.