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Tips for Staying Motivated and focused in School 
To succeed in high school and college, you have to do your best at all times. But sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated and focus, even when you really care about the work you’re doing. Here are five ways to stay on the right track and succeed.


1. Get rid of distractions and HIDE YOUR PHONE LOL

I know you want to hang out, chill, party or even sleep very late, but you need to stay focus on what matters most in your life. You’re education and your success! Don’t waste time or money chasing things that won’t help you graduate or succeed in life. 

The key to success in school is staying focused on your work. make a plan. Although it’s tempting to do the simplest assignments first, those that take more time and effort to accomplish are probably the ones that you’ll learn the most from.

We, as humans, can be easily distracted by just about anything, from the nagging voice of a family member to the insatiable yearning to finish the latest episode of Power or Scandal (which are my two favorite shows… don’t judge me lol. Some of these distractions can be dealt with by simply removing the distraction. For example, you could politely ask your sister or brother to quiet down, lower the music or watch TV in the other room. If that doesn’t work, you could wear ear plugs or listen to soothing music if that works for you. The goal is finding something that works for YOU! Your best interest. But it’s not always as easy as that. Set yourself up for success by creating a reasonable (and productive!) interval schedule: every assignment completed, you can watch one TV show, or something along those lines. Be patient with yourself and don’t beat yourself up.

2. Be Organized, or at least try your best to be 

“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.”

Organized student = successful student! 🙂

Having an organized study/work space can be the greatest of motivators. Trust me. First, it is less likely that you’ll be distracted because you won’t be surrounded by things that are, in a sense, invading your space. Second, if you do find some organization (and it doesn’t need to be a typical or common version of organization; we each need to find our own version of what it means to be organized), you’ll discover that focusing is easier. Start by simply putting your flashcards or study guides in one area or folder. Place your regular use items, like your coffee mug, favorite note-taking pen or Superman action figure, in the place you always put them.

3. Do what you love

Do what you love and love what you do! Doing what you love is a great thing. Don”t let anyone tell you different. Just as no one wants to be stuck in a job that they don’t like, students don’t want to be in a program that doesn’t bring them joy and satisfaction. If you find the educational pursuit that you love, whether it’s in business administration or criminal justice or bagpiping lol yes that is a major, you will find reasons to stay motivated. If you have a chosen course of study, you care about it and want to do well. So, please, strive toward pursuing and doing what you love! I believe in you! Trust me, but most of all… TRUST YOURSELF! 

Find support group and be around like minded people

Create or join  a group of people around you who want to help you succeed. Mentors can be teachers, family or friends who can give you guidance and help you develop new skills. Counselors can help you with planning your courses and starting to explore colleges. You can also reach out to friends and peers who can motivate you by listening and sharing ideas. Also, join study groups at school with students that are in the same class or field as yourself. Good luck and stay encouraged

5. Know your limits and find your balance 

As much as we’d like to think we’re invincible, we’re not. And that’s just fine. Invincibility is not the game we were built for. We get tired and we get frustrated and we get overwhelmed. The important lesson is to first discover your limits. For example, you may find that you study best in the morning. If you are to apply this lesson to the example, stick to studying in the morning. Don’t push it. You’ll be happier and most effective that way. The second part, once you figure out your limits, is to find a balance. Even if you wanted and had the energy to dedicate every waking moment to studying, you probably shouldn’t If you did, you may suffer elsewhere: your health, friendships or relationship with your partner, which contribute to your overall well-being. The point is, we all need a balance in our lives. The more balance we find, the happier and more successful we’ll be.

Keishorne Scott
Keishorne Scott is an Author, Motivational Speaker, Mentor, Award Winner and Entrepreneur who was born in the Town Of Arima, Trinidad and Tobago, raised in Barbados and then moved to Brooklyn, NY at the age of eight where he has been resting his head ever since. While growing up in Canarsie in Brookyn he knew he was going to be the one to make a change. Inspired by friends and family; he knew he had the love and support to pursue in making a difference. Keishorne is also the founder of the “One More Educated Black Man” Mentoring Organization. By having such support he has been able to create this organization that allows the youth to step outside of the box and create futures of their own by gaining a helping hand for positive men who cares.

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