ASVAB Study Tips: How to Stay Motivated

By Rod Powers

Studying and learning can take you far in life, yet getting down to those tasks can be so hard. Whether you’re studying for the ASVAB or college, studying can be one of the most important things you should be doing. Modern life continually demands your attention, and all these things can feel easier to attend to than study. So what can you do to help stay motivated?

  • Give your study the attention it deserves. If you were totally isolated, say on a desert island, you’d study every last morsel of your subject until you were completely versed in it because nothing else would be there to distract you. Having too much choice over what you pay attention to means that you need to exert willpower now more than ever to stay motivated.

  • Think about your goals. Consider why you’re studying and what you’re studying for, because presumably it connects to what you want your life to be. All kinds of things may distract you when you’re not studying. But ask yourself whether you want your life to be about drinking coffee, playing computer games, watching TV, and chatting with friends. Or do you have bigger fish to fry?

  • Feed and develop your mind. In today’s culture of entertainment, everything is supposed to be fun and exciting. If you buy into this idea too much, then you stop benefiting from the more subtle stimuli because they don’t immediately excite you. Your mind needs the rigor of study as well as the relaxation of entertainment.

    When you study well, you find it has its own subtle pleasures and satisfactions above and beyond the good results it can bring into your life. Imagine what feeling compelled to study hard and well would be like.