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'How can I maintain my motivation when the end of my course is so far away?'


Can you advise this student nurse?

Hello, fellow nursing students!

After Christmas, I’m finding it so hard to get back into the swing of going to lectures and balancing tutorials etc. It was a much-needed holiday, but as a result I’m finding my brain simply isn’t back into studying mode quite yet.

I can’t be the only one who feels this way. Does anyone have any tips on how to motivate yourself? Or do you have anything that you’re looking forward to on your course? I feel like the end of so far out of sight I just need something to aim for.

Thanks everyone!

A needing-to-be-motivated student


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  • Hi there. I know exactly what you mean and I think returning to 'real life' after the Christmas break is difficult for most people. My advice would be to not think about the end goal of finishing your course. Instead, try and think about the incremental goals which you need to achieve in order to get there. For example if you are currently working towards an assignment focus on that as it will feel more achievable. Try and structure your days and make sure that you also plan in breaks and fun things that you can look forward to. This will make the long hours of studying more bearable. Finally, don't be hard on yourself, you are doing a great job!

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  • Simone Rebecca Moon


    I completely understand where you're coming from. I've recently started a nursing degree having completed 5 years of other University studies and it feels as though the end is a million miles away! However, I find it helps to remember the reasons why you decided to become a nurse, bring back that passion that you felt when you applied for the course. I like to use social media sites to chat to other Nursing students, it really motivates me and makes me feel proud to be a student nurse when I witness the determination and passion that they portray.

    Also, focus on the little things, break everything down in to small chunks and it becomes easier to manage. And in between those chunks, make sure you're having some fun! Remember, you're still a student so balance those books with something you enjoy.

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