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Back To School!


Coming back to school after summer break is the WORST.

Who wants to go back after you spent the whole summer going to the beach to swim, hanging out with friends, and just having all types of fun?

I HAVE PUT TOGETHER A PRESENTATION THAT WILL TEST YOUR VOCABULARY KNOWLEDGE  AS WELL AS YOUR GRAMMAR AND LISTENING COMPREHENSION.

GOOD LUCK!

 

READING

TIP: DO NOT ASK YOUR TEACHER WHAT UNKNOWN WORDS MEAN. TRY AND GUESS FROM CONTEXT INSTEAD. LATER, YOUR TEACHER WILL GO OVER THEM WITH YOU. DO NOT WORRY.

Some people say that the ______________ (HARD) step in _________________ (STUDY) is to get started. Once you have taken the first step, the rest is easy, they suggest.

Other people, ___________________, find it difficult to stay motivated when studying, especially when the end seems a long way away.

This situation arises, for example, when you are revising for exams that are still some months away. It can also be difficult to keep ___ the motivation with a long or extended piece of work, such ______ an extended essay or dissertation, or even a professional qualification.

This page provides some advice to help you remain motivated while studying, and can also be used by parents to help motivate young people and children studying for exams.

A Strategy for You

There is NO SINGLE strategy that will work for everyone in supporting ongoing motivation.

However, there are plenty of options that you can try, to see if they work for you. If they do, you should incorporate them into your ongoing strategy. If not, then put them aside and try something else.

The important thing is whether your strategy keeps you motivated, not whether other people agree with you.


Here, therefore, are our top tips for staying motivated.

1. Break the task down into manageable (2)chunks

A big task, such as writing a dissertation, or revising for an extended period, can be demotivating because it seems so big.

Breaking the task down into manageable chunks can therefore help make it seem less (2)daunting.

For example, if you are (3)undertaking a piece of research leading to a dissertation, you might set yourself a period of time to do your literature review. After that, you would plan to develop a proposal for your research methods within a certain period, then do the research.

2. Keep your end goal in mind—but also use (4)interim goals on the way

One of the best ways to stay motivated is to remember why you are studying in the first place.

Getting good exam results’ is not necessarily very motivating. Instead, you need to look beyond that to what the exam results will get you, whether that is a place at your chosen school or university, or a new job. The more detail you can provide for your goal, the easier it will be to _______________ in mind.

However, even an end goal may not be enough to keep you going, especially over a long period.

A system of interim goals and suitable rewards may also be needed. This is likely to be particularly true for children and young people who are starting a long period of study for the first time, and who may find it harder to see the end point, but also applies to others. You will need to work out whether you are better with a small reward daily, or after each task, or a rather bigger reward saved up for the week or month.

Suitable rewards include time off, treats and visits, but should be things that you really want, to keep you motivated. Set yourself a budget ahead of time if necessary.

3. Get into a study routine

It is generally easier to stay motivated if your studying becomes part of your everyday life and routine.

For example, you might choose to get up an hour earlier, and spend that hour studying each day, or work every other evening, or perhaps study for one day a week. That way, it is easier to avoid being distracted during your study time, because you know that it is set aside for a purpose. Your friends and family will also get to know when your study time happens, and hopefully avoid you then.

You should also ensure that when you start your study period, you minimise distractions. For example, put away or switch off your phone, so that you are not tempted to check it.

4. Try different study approaches

Especially when you first start studying, you will not ________________ (NECESSITY) know what works for you.

It is therefore worth _____________________ (TRY) different approaches, to see which you find most productive.

It is also worth varying your studying to keep you interested. Some days you may want to look at one subject, and try another on a different day. You may also find it _______________(HELP) to vary your style of working. You could, for example, try working in different places, and varying whether you work alone or with friends.

It all helps to keep you interested and motivated, and stop you getting (5)stale.

This need for variety is another reason to break your studying _________ into tasks, so that you can start a new one if you are finding one especially hard to manage.

There is no ´one size fits all.´

Extract taken from skillsyouneed.com: Staying Motivated When Studying

QUESTIONS:

A) WHAT POINT DOES THE AUTHOR MAKE WHEN COMING UP WITH A STRATEGY FOR YOU TO STUDY?

B) TRY AND EXPLAIN IN YOUR OWN WORDS THE VOCABULARY PIECES WHICH HAVE BEEN NUMBERED.

C) THE ARTICLE ENDS WITH A QUOTE. WHAT DO YOU THINK IT MEANS?

D) WHICH OF THE 4 TIPS TO STAYING MOTIVATED DO YOU LIKE BEST? WHY?

SONG

ENJOY THE SONG. I RECOMMEND LISTENING TO NO MORE THAN 1 MINUTE OF IT. STUDY IT. LEARN IT. INTERPRET IT!

REVIEW

LAST WORDS…

THIS IS THE END OF OUR LESSON. PLEASE REVISE THIS CLASS, STUDY THE VOCABULARY AND BRING IN SOME QUESTIONS NEXT CLASS.

KEEP ON LEARNINGIT LOVINGIT 😉

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