How Do Students Stay Motivated Throughout the School Year?

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Ashley Hatt

Do you struggle to stay motivated throughout the school year? Many students do find it hard, and need help knowing how to achieve success. It’s hard to have momentum after the first few weeks. Students tend to be more motivated towards the beginning of the school year, but once midterms come, many are struggling to keep up with their work.

There are many ways that students can stay motivated throughout the school year. Instead of spending all of your time focusing on school, spend time doing other interesting things, such as hanging out with friends. Always give yourself time to reflect on activities that you find enjoyable, and leave time for yourself to rest. Make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep each night, as that will help you stay more focused throughout the school day. Also, make sure to eat plenty of nutritious foods, and drink plenty of water.

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School wise, there are also many different things you can do. Some students find it helpful to use a planner, and set goals for themselves each day with what they need to get done. When you finish your goals, do something that you enjoy. In school, it is also important to ask for help when you need it, and always ask questions when struggling. If you are struggling to understand your work, it will be so much harder to get done, and you will have a lot less motivation to do it.


There are many helpful strategies and tips to stay motivated throughout the year. These include:

  • Focus on why you want to be successful
  • Participate in class
  • Manage time wisely
  • Be proactive
  • Set manageable goals
  • Study a different way than usual
  • Work in different locations

I interviewed a few students from Timberlane asking how they stay motivated throughout the school year. Mia Ryder has found many ways to be successful in school, and she states that a major way that she stays motivated is through studying with her friends. “There are many different strategies to help students stay motivated throughout the school year. Whether it be through stress toys or scheduled school work periods, each student has their own approach in order to stay on top of their game”. Sarah Richman says “focus on trying to find enjoyment in what you’re learning and apply it to your future career. Think about how it may be useful or how it applies to different aspects of your adult life. That has been what I have found most motivating in my success in high school”. 

Overall, staying motivated throughout the school year is very important in order to be successful in life. There are many different ways that students stay motivated throughout the year, and there are some helpful tips listed above in order to achieve success.