- How motivated are you to use the strategies you selected?
- How can you increase your motivation to help you engage in current or new strategies?
- Do you believe in your ability to use these strategies effectively?
- How can you increase your belief in yourself to use these strategies effectively?
- Would seeking help assist you in achieving your goal? If so, whom should you reach out to for help?
Motivation for Learning
Motivation, in all complexities of human life and behavior, is simply what drives us to “feel good” (Bagshawe, 2011, p. 15). In using the aforementioned learning strategies, I become more motivated if I see an organized list of details, like a reviewer, which I made myself, as well as if I successfully solve sample problems or calculations. These results mean that I am having a full grasp of the lesson, and by practicing I can be ready for any applied problems that usually show their way in the exams. Keeping myself busy is what makes me more motivated to accomplish more. A list of lessons/tasks regarding the subject is helpful especially in preparation for an exam. Crossing out each item on the list will require time and effort, which might keep me busy for a day, and more fueled to try more strategies to make the learning more worthwhile, effective, rewarding, and conveniently FASTER. Wilcox, Stephen, Laran and Zubcsek (2016, p. 371) stated in their study that busy people “are more motivated to complete a task after missing a deadline…., and that the perception that one is using time effectively mediates this effect.”
Confidence and belief on the self are also crucial. If always think that this problem is too difficult for us, or that we can’t understand this complicated lesson, then we are already limiting ourselves from success. To increase my self-esteem, I try to start from the basic, solving simpler problems and studying from the very start, and go to more complicated ones step by step. Seeking help from others to work effectively in my learning strategies and achieve my goals for the lesson is also important. Brainstorming or solving problems with more heads than one is more learning-conducive, challenging, and rewarding.