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Motivation and goal setting - Academic Study Skills

Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021
A guide to help find what motivates you and to set the goals that will get you through your studies.

Motivation is what keeps us going even when things aren’t going well.

This is especially important when undertaking a long-term project that lasts several years such as working towards a degree or developing a career path.

Setting interim goals to get you through the long journey of a three-year degree can help keep you motivated when you’re finding things difficult.

By working through this tutorial, you should be able to:

  • Discover what is going to motivate you from now on
  • Understand how to set goals and the benefits of doing so

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