Jump-start your motivation for studying with these simple tips

January 14, 2003

I've got those don't-wanna-look-at-my-schoolbooks blues

Got studying to do and not much inclination to do it? Try these ideas to jump-start your motivation:

  • Partner up. Studying can be more productive - and fun - when you do it with a friend. Check answers and help each other review class material.

  • Tackle big projects in small bites. Break up your study time into blocks of 20 or 30 minutes with short breaks in between.

  • Play Mozart - or Eminem. Listening to music makes study much more fun and isn't as distracting as TV.

  • Remind yourself why you're studying. Yes, you've got homework due or that big test tomorrow. But this is just a small step on a bigger destination: high school graduation. Or maybe you want your grades to look good on your college application. Remember the big picture, too.

Schoolwork is done and you're still bored? Can't find anything to do? Don't just sit in front of the tube again. Look for some fun here:

  • Visit the library - but not to read.

    Lisa Key, teen activities coordinator for Washington County Free Library, works with a teen advisory board to host Reality Sandwiches, a get-together for sharing original poetry, short stories, any kind of original writing. The library also hosts occasional open mic nights and movie nights for teens.

    And, of course, there's books, videos and DVDs to borrow and online homework help, too.

    Contact Key at 301-739-3250, ext. 126; visit WCFL on the Web at and follow the links to the library.

  • Take an art class. Many craft supply stores and museums, such as the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, offer classes in painting, drawing and many other artforms. Some are free if you buy supplies.
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