MOTIVATE YOURSELF Academic Teacher Resources Student Wall Planner and Study Guide MOTIVATION To improve your grades, marks, results and approach to learning answer the key questions HOW WHEN WHERE and WHY (1): HOW? Give your very best effort: In class With your homework With your study routine In examination preparation Follow the suggestions in this Study Guide and use the Student Wall Planner WHEN? Start right now. Don’t put things off Act now to maximise the opportunities before you (2) WHERE? Here and now! At school At home In the library With you homework With your assignments With you study (3) WHY? Reflect on your motivation and reasons (4) To be empowered? Better marks and grades for better employment? Keep your parents and teachers happy? Self desire to do well? To gain power (knowledge is power)? Fear of failure? MOTIVATION What makes you want to study or not? Is it: Interest in the work? The need to know and learn? The desire to improve? Seeking knowledge for power? Be able to do things? To better yourself? To enjoy the learning process? MOTIVATION If these triggers are true then you obtain motivation from (5) INTRINSIC FACTORS (ie: from within learning) Also called (6) MASTERY GOALS as they focus on mastering the work MOTIVATION What makes you want to study or not? Is it: Want high marks? Want lots of money? To do better than your class mates? Don’t want to let down your teacher? Don’t want to disappoint your parents? Do want to fail? MOTIVATION If these triggers for study are true then you are motivated by EXTRINSIC FACTORS (ie: from things outside the learning itself) These are called PERFORMANCE GOALS because they focus on achievement levels. Most of us are motivated by a combination of both FACTORS (7) (8) (9) MOTIVATION When setting your goals try to use both factors. (10) Your attitude to yourself and study play a huge part in your motivation. (11) Reward yourself – only – when the task is completed Make sure the reward matches the effort to complete the task: time with friends, icecream, TV Motivation: Successful Strategies to Achieve Your Goals In order for you to strengthen your approach to goal setting and achieving the desired outcome there are a number of strategies that are available. Motivation: Successful Strategies to Achieve Your Goals Form a Study Group with a few friends Meet Your Subject Teacher on regular basis Mentor System Alternative Sources Team Up Note Pad (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17) Class Time - Maximised Be on (18) Time for Class (19) Sit at the front – avoid distractions (window, fellow students) (20) Be alert in Class (21) Be organised – books, pens, notes (22) Engage your mind – be pro active Use the time wisely (23) ask questions (24) Revise your notes and handouts each night Other Study Ideas Form a Study Group (26) Summarise Topics – Pages (27) Cards – Definitions and Key Points (28) Diagrams and illustrations (29) Extended Reading (beyond text) Review Today's Information in (30) tonight’s study session (31) Review this week’s information again on the weekend Time spent studying and reviewing now (32) will save you many hours leading to the examinations (25) Oral Presentations: Identifying Signal Statements During oral presentations the presenter will make alert statements that important notes need to be made. These statements are called signal statements. (33) Oral Presentations: Identifying Signal Statements A Signal statements include: The most important point … Keep in mind … Make sure you know … I am going to expect you do … Listen carefully as I ….. Oral Presentations: Identifying Signal Statements High school teachers usually talk as a rate of about (34) 100 – 120 words per minute. Average high school student can (35) write about 15 to 20 words per minute. Be selective in the words you record.