Even if you love school and all it encompasses, chances are you still struggle to find the motivation to study from time to time. After all, who in their right mind would choose dull maths homework over a Netflix marathon?

To help out, we’ve made a list of the best ways to motivate yourself to study when you can’t be bothered, because grades are sadly important.


1. Set *realistic* study goals

Setting goals can be incredibly motivational – even if it’s boring. This is because they help keep you focused, and push you to do whatever it takes to accomplish them. To start with, write your goals down. These could be anything from “get 80 per cent on my next test”, to “achieve an A* in my Biology exam”.

Whatever you choose, make sure your goal isn’t too vague or unrealistic. Next, state how you intend to achieve it. And once you have, reward yourself in a way you see fit.


2. Compete

A bit of healthy competition can be advantageous – try to do a little more today than you did yesterday, and your competitive streak (no matter how small) will come out. If competing with others is more your thing, find out what grades your fellow students are pulling and see if you can match or beat them.


3. Play music

I don’t know about you, but I love a good playlist. If music helps you concentrate – and only if – play some phat beatz that will help you study.


4. Move around and keep hydrated

Scientists say the perfect formula for productivity is 52 minutes of solid work, followed by a break of 17 minutes, in which you can do whatever you choose. If you follow this method, and stay hydrated on top of that, you’ll be a studying force to reckon with.


5. Turn off social media

You don’t need me to tell you that social media is distracting. When you’re trying to study, put the phone, tablet, computer – you name it – down and out of sight. You’ll (eventually) be glad you did.


6. Remember you’re only human

Some days are harder than others. If you’re finding it near impossible to study, it may be better to call it an off day and return tomorrow with a fresh mind and attitude.