From my experience, building motivation starts with building good, foundational, life and health habits. For example, making sure you are getting quality sleep every night you can, exercising regularly (3-5 times a week), staying hydrated, eating clean (junk food might make you feel less energized), and reducing the amount of time spent on quick-dopamine-hit activities like scrolling social media, watching TV, playing video games, etc. Start small by implementing whichever of these habits seems most in line with your current routine (i.e. "I can commit to getting at least 7hrs of sleep every night during the school week") and work your way up from there! This will help your brain build dopamine reserves which is the chemical needed to inspire motivation. You will start to find more reward and satisfaction in engaging harder, longer activities like studying for an exam and getting the grade you were hoping for.
Being a senior, it can be extra hard to find the motivation needed to get over the finish line, so try to reframe learning as a positive opportunity that you're excited to participate in and remember that the study and lifestyle habits you can start building now will help you IMMENSELY down the road.
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This is a great question! One of the ways I'd suggest to approach this is by setting a long term goal, then working backwards.
For instance, someone who may be passionate about flying may decide to pursue a career as a commercial airline pilot one day. In order to do so, they'll need to break down the steps into smaller subgoals, such as:
1. Obtain a high school diploma or equivalent: Most airlines require their pilots to have a high school diploma or equivalent. If you don't have a diploma, you can earn a General Education Development (GED) certificate.
2. Get a college degree (optional): While a college degree isn't required to become a commercial airline pilot, many airlines prefer candidates with a bachelor's degree. A degree in aviation, engineering, or a related field can be beneficial.
3. Complete flight training: You'll need to obtain a private pilot license, followed by a commercial pilot license, and then an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate. Flight training can be completed at a flight school, college or university, or through the military.
4. Build flight experience: Most airlines require pilots to have at least 1,500 hours of flight time before they can be hired as a commercial pilot. You can gain flight experience by working as a flight instructor, charter pilot, or in other aviation-related roles.
5. Apply to airlines: Once you've met the education and flight experience requirements, you can begin applying to airlines. You'll need to pass an airline's selection process, which typically includes interviews, simulator assessments, and medical exams. If you're selected, you'll undergo further training and earn a type rating for the specific aircraft you'll be flying.
Understanding the value of education and how it fits into your big picture is critical to staying motivated as education is a means to an end. If you don't identify your "end", obtaining an education may lose its purpose.
Additionally, as you begin your journey it is always wise to allow enough room in your strategy to pivot to other roles easily as your end goal may change over time as you gather more data. For instance, let's say you begin your college courses with the dream of becoming a pilot but as you learn more about the aviation industry you realize managing an airport may be more interesting to you. If you've taken mostly general college courses, then pivoting to airport management may be easy to do which gives you room to pivot quickly.
Hope this helps!
When you find a place where you belong or a passion that lights you up, it can naturally increase your motivation for school. It gives you something exciting to anticipate and makes your school experience much more enjoyable.