How to catch up if you need to and maintaining motivation
Nearly all students fall behind with work at some point – it’s quite normal so don’t panic! As soon as you realise this could be the case, ask for some support or seek out information and tools for yourself.
There are many sources of support here at Cambridge, these include:
If you do fall behind, take time to:
- review your key deadlines.
- review your commitments and plan how you might meet those deadlines.
- consider where you can compromise and identify what’s preventing you from keeping on top of study.
There are lots of good study support material and ideas online, including practical tips on time management and procrastination (see Resources). Some people find it helpful to enlist the help of friends, in sharing what works for them and forming study buddy groups.
Once you’re back on track, it can sometimes be difficult to stay motivated if you don’t have a clear sense of purpose or direction. If you feel like your motivation is slipping, try taking a step back and remind yourself of why you’re pursuing your degree in the first place. It can be helpful to identify the end goal of your education. For example, maybe you wanted to increase your earning potential so that you could travel the world or support your family. Maybe you wanted to learn skills that you could use to serve others and change the world for the better. Maybe you simply wanted to challenge yourself.
No matter what your vision might be, keeping sight of the bigger picture can help maintain the motivation to push through challenging periods.
The University Counselling Service (UCS) also run Workshops on Time Well Spent and Understanding and Managing Procrastination which you might find helpful.
And remember, if you are experiencing any difficulties that are impacting on your Wellbeing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org