- Relate it to my life: No matter the topic, I found that I could relate any topic to my personal life *somehow*. Example - as an engineer, English was not of much interest. However, I realized that if I could improve in this area, it would greatly improve my ability to write a resume or deliver a presentation. That was very important to me in order to get a job, so it changed the purpose of the course to something personal.
- Individual goal: Sometimes I would make personal goals that once I accomplished XYZ in a topic/course, I would give myself a personal reward like buying a computer game. This allowed me to keep thinking about what I would obtain if I got through a certain set of tasks (eg writing a paper).
- Gamify it: Many people thrive on competition. Setup a competition with other classmates such as who obtains the best score on the next test, the winner gets bought dinner or something by the others.
- Brute force: Yup, sometimes all you can do is pound through it. But the other options are more fun!
Hang in there!