Motivated learning by Stella Cottrell

I still use my textbook “Skillful Listening and Speaking” by Macmillan Academic Skills and to put it bluntly, it is amazing book for study in class. As a matter of fact, I did my learning alone, only V. help me sometimes and listen my short retelling of the units. But not about it, almost after every unit in the end there is a reclame of “The Study skills handbook” by Stella Cottrell.

And no matter, that every page has her photo and photo of this handbook, it’s full of useful advices. It’s interesting to read these short notes about: identifying our current skills; memory thrives on organization; motivated learning, etc. I’m thinking about to get this book. Maybe just for fun or for study or to increase my productivity. I mean, sometimes we need some kind of push, somebody, who can help us to move ahead. Such people have impact on others, on communities and on society. And sometimes it’s a very good influence.

She writes that our level of motivation is affect our skills, especially in slow or difficult patches. There are times when you get bored, frustrated, or anxious. It happens to me always, in every study process I get all of these symptoms together. I may even feel like giving up. And her advice is to have clear motivation to keep yourself going even through such tough times. I’m completely agree.

Set goals

  • Make tasks more manageable by breaking them down into mini-goals.
  • Set yourself small, short-term goals so that you are able to have lots of small successes. In time these add up to greater achievements.

Celebrate successes

  • Set targets and deadlines which are easy to meet – increase your chances of success.
    I started use ToDoList from today and I want to continue use a free account, just to do a simple list of task on every week and mark my progress. It seems me a good idea to start a life of productivity <- interesting site I found.
  • Give yourself rewards for completing whole tasks, to encourage yourself next time.

Mark success

  • Note down your achievements and successes in your journal – it is important to identify what you do well, so that you can do it again.
  • After a few months, look back on your early work.
  • Give yourself credit for any improvements you have made.

Aim for higher peaks

  • When you have met one set on goals, push yourself a bit harder.
  • Make your next goals a little more challenging.

Find support

  • Find someone who encourages you and makes you feel good about yourself.
  • Talk to this person about your goals and ambitions.
  • Keep setting yourself new goals and challenges.

I’m thankful I have V. I can see how he study every day, how he is achieving his little goals and I want to go with him hand by hand. An amazing person, an example for me to be more productive, to study hard and don’t be afraid to set on goals for higher achievements. I look at him, he looks at me and we push each other to the better future for both of us.

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