As a mature student, it can be a challenge to motivate yourself to study because after working or looking after the kids all day you just feel like relaxing. However, if you have decided to study towards a degree or some other qualification, you actually have to make an effort to study. If you don’t, you might end up failing your course, thus having invested quite a lot of time and money with nothing to show for it.
If you’re struggling to find the motivation to study, it is worth remembering just how much you are paying to study. Even if you have taken out a student loan to help you cover the cost of your course, you’re still going to have to pay it back in the end. That is why it is important to choose a course that you think is going to interest you. There is no point choosing to study something that you think may be useful and help you secure a high-paying career if you find the subject matter boring.
Taking a degree in mathematics or biology will only help you secure a high-paying career if you actually complete the degree and achieve decent marks. If you pick a subject that you know you’re going to struggle with, you will find yourself becoming so demoralised that you don’t even see the point in opening up your books and reading. Even if you find yourself on the wrong course, if you can’t motivate yourself to study because you get no enjoyment whatsoever out of your subject, it may be worth seeing if you can change courses.
However, even the most interesting courses can have their boring moments and so you should make an effort to appreciate the more interesting bits. You also need to focus on what you want to get out of your studies. If you’re looking to expand your mind and improve your career prospects, this can help motivate you to do your reading for the week and to complete your assignments on time.
You have to be organised, though, especially if you have other family and work commitments. You have to let your family know that on certain nights of the week you intend to study and that you don’t want to be disturbed. Hopefully, you will find that your family is supportive and that when you’re lacking motivation, they will give help you to stay on the right track.
If you’re half-way through your course and are having difficulty motivating yourself, it is worth reflecting on how much you’ve already learned, as well as looking to the future and thinking about where you could be. Although study may be its own reward, at the end of the day you will also receive a certificate as recognition of all your hard work, which will no doubt help you in your chosen career.