Monday, June 17, 2013

Stay Motivated This Summer

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It feels as if finals just ended, but here we are two weeks into the summer semester. A huge shout out to those of you taking summer courses! It is not an easy task with kids out of school, vacations being planned and the summer sun inviting you out to play. We want you all to know that we are here for you throughout the next few months to encourage and support your summer class journey.

Here are a some helpful hints to stay motivated and prevent burnout: 

  1. Set and maintain a schedule-  Summer days can be unpredictable, from dangerous weather to picking up an extra shift to cover a vacationing co-worker. That is why it is important to block off a couple of hours a day to focus solely on classwork. Whether it's in the morning before you begin your day, during your lunch break or in the evening, allotting those class-specific hours is very important. 
  2. Relocate your classroom- Online learners have the privilege to take there classroom anywhere, so change it up this summer! Instead of working at home at the dinner table or at work in your office, visit a local coffee shop, restaurant or museum cafe. A new location can add some fresh perspective and possibly spark new ideas or thoughts. 
  3. Connect with fellow classmates- We encourage this throughout any semester, but it is even more valuable in the condensed summer courses. Chat, email or meet up with fellow classmates to discuss readings or study for tests. Share advice on how to maintain motivation through the lazy days of summer. 
  4. Give yourself a break- If you skip a night of studying or submit an assignment late, do not beat yourself up about it. Instead, forgive yourself and start fresh with a positive attitude the next day! In the words of author and positive-thinking forerunner Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, "People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success." 
  5. Have some fun- It is summer after all! 

What tips do you have for continued motivation this summer? Sound off in the comments! 

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