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What Motivates You?

End Goal(s)

What made you decide to attend college?

Sit down and write out your short and long-term goals. Put this somewhere that you look often for a reminder of why you are doing what you are doing!

An Organized Space

Designate a space for studying and completing assignments. Keep the space clean and clear from distractions.

If you are unable to find a quite space, check out the library!


Print your syllabus for every course and stay organized. Develop a planning system that works for you.

If you just have a list of things to study, break it down into tasks and plan to do the hardest ones when you have the most energy.


We want you to succeed.

A list of just some of the people at SDSU ready to assist you:

  • your advisor and professors,
  • tutors/SI leaders,
  • counselors,
  • instructors and graduate students in the Writing Center.

Changing Things Up

Multiple motivation methods can work for you, so something may work one day, and another could work the next!

Don't be afraid to change up your study space or try a new study method!

Rewarding Yourself

For example, try rewarding yourself with a treat after finishing an assignment, a coffee before/after a test, or a pair of shoes you've been eyeing after performing well on finals.