Five ways to stay motivated

As school year approaches an end, Zimmerman offers some practical advice


Shelby Jenson

Counselor Chelsea Zimmerman offers five practical ways for students to follow in order to stay motivated near the end of the school year.

The end of the school year is a month away.

As it gets closer, a lot of people think they can check out of school early. Really this is the time of year to be the most motivated. Counselor Chelsea Zimmerman gave me a few tips of ways to stay motivated.


  1. Keep your eye on the prize

It’s easy to let homework and the thought of finals bog you down in the last month of school. Staying focused is essential to achieving goals. Set small rewards for yourself as motivators to keep pushing until the end of the year.

  1. Stronger in Numbers

Involve your friends and family. Motivate each other. Whether its through study groups or group goal setting, keep each other engaged and ready for school.

  1. Have fun

School can be overwhelming. With all the assignments, getting up early, and studying, make sure you balance the work with lots of fun. Go see a movie, hang out with friends — do something to relax your mind from the stress of school.

  1. Speak Up

If you are having trouble in a class or feeling stressed, there are many people around you who are here to help. In the final weeks of school, make sure you ask for help when you need it, because sometimes a quick pick me up from a friend, parent, guardian, teacher or counselor could be what you need.

  1. Think Success

Do NOT dwell on your failures. No one is perfect and everyone has struggled during some point in the academic career. Staying positive will help you stay motivated.

Zimmerman’s last word of advice is simple: “Give your all during this last month of school. Make sure to keep turning your work in on time and finish your year strong.”

There are less than five weeks left in the school year Giants, Make them count.