If you are considering undertaking an Assessor qualification then you may have a few questions going around your head. Such as, how much will the course cost? How will you fit the learning in around your busy schedule? How are you going to manage to stay motivated? You will find lots of resources on our website to help you make an informed decision. But today we are going to help you with the small (but very important) aspect of staying motivated whilst studying.
A recent study carried out by the Learning and Work Institute revealed that many UK adults are lacking basic skills including Maths and English. This makes it particularly difficult when it comes to career advancement as basic level 2 qualifications help to boost employability and open up more job prospects.
Gaining Qualifications Is The Answer
For anyone looking to progress within their field, studying is the main way forward. Of course gaining new skills does require effort, and that can be hard to overcome. A great way to keep on track is to remind yourself just how much your job prospects could improve as a result. If that isn’t enough motivation, here are some other tips that may help:
- Find times of the day where you are most productive and try to keep a routine of working during those hours. There is no point in scheduling work for late in the evening if you are an early bird.
- There are lots of different types of learner, so it is worth investing some time into working out which one you are. Do you learn best by writing things down, or watching presentations? Once you have established this, learning will become so much easier.
- Set deadlines for yourself. Here at Brooks and Kirk we are a person-centred training provider. This means that we won’t push you to complete your Assessor qualification by a certain deadline; then charge you if you need an extension. It is still important that you set your own SMART goals though, to help keep you on track.
- Be sure to set aside time in the day for breaks. You can’t absorb information if your head is full and foggy. Take time to go for a walk in the fresh air or enjoy a change of scenery. You may think you haven’t got time, but trust us you will be so much more productive afterwards.
- Cramming doesn’t work (particularly when you get older!). Unfortunately, gone are the days where you can work through until the early hours of the morning ready for an exam in the morning. The night before an exam, meeting or presentation is all about relaxing your mind ready for the day ahead.
- Stay energised whenever possible. Studying around a full-time job and looking after the children can feel like an impossible task. But you can do it – we believe in you! There is no point in studying for hours on end when you are tired as you won’t learn a thing. Take the time to have a short break in between studying. Even just grabbing a cup of tea will help. If this is something you struggle with, try the Pomodoro technique – breaking work intervals into smaller chunks.
- Reward yourself for hitting goals. Whether you are someone who likes the satisfaction of ticking something off your ‘to-do list’ or simply making small steps of progress, you need rewards for the goals you are working towards. They can be anything from allowing yourself your favourite chocolate bar once you have completed a module, or buying yourself something nice for doing well in an exam.
- Try not to sweat the small stuff. You simply won’t be able to take in all of the information in one go, so break your learning down into small, manageable chunks that you can digest.
So there you have it, our key tips on how to stay motivated whilst studying. If you have any other things that help to keep you on track we would love to hear them – drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.