3 Things That Help Me Stay Motivated as a Student

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Virtual Learning Tips From a Middle Schooler

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By Guest Writer Ava Demcher

I think it’s safe to say that virtual learning has been tough for many of us. I mean, really, who is a fan of learning from their bedroom? I know I have struggled with this, but I have also discovered that incorporating certain things into my schedule helps me focus on the day ahead. So, without further ado, here are 3 methods that keep me sane during virtual learning – and might work for you too. 

  1. Journaling 

I’m no Shakespeare, but I love to read and write. Journaling is not only an activity I can enjoy, but one that makes me feel prepared. I will take a notebook and a couple of pens (sparkle pens, of course) and start laying out what I need to do for the day. It can vary from a project I need to turn in to straightening my hair. Once I finish that, I reserve I spot that I can write a reflection in at the end of the day. Journaling helps me feel like I am organized and prepared for the upcoming day. 

Journaling helps me feel like I am organized and prepared for the upcoming day. 

  1. Meditation 

Call me crazy, but meditation has genuinely increased my state of wellbeing since I started doing it regularly. I usually meditate with crystals, but you don’t need crystals to meditate. Before I say more, meditation has been scientifically proven to increase cellular health and neuroplasticity in the brain. Neuroplasticity is about making new neural connections and pathways, therefore contributing to overall brain health. I like to find a quiet spot in my house (which can sometimes take a while) and sit down and close my eyes. From there, I hold my crystals in both hands and try to clear my mind. Next, I set intentions/goals for the day. They could be simple, like focusing more, or specific, like committing to learning a new concept. Once I feel like it’s marinated in my brain enough, I go on with my day. Meditation really helps my focus and goal setting. 

Meditation has been scientifically proven to increase cellular health and neuroplasticity in the brain.

a nightstand with an assortment of crystals
Photo by Ava Demcher

  1. Staying Active and Creative 

Lastly, I strive to do one thing active and one thing creative each day. I have dance after school some days, but when I don’t, I will take my dog on a walk or go skateboarding or something else. As for creativity, I like to doodle and draw to unwind. I also like to read. On days that it is actually enjoyable to be outside, I like to read outside or eat lunch outside or just spend time in nature. School and sitting in front of a computer for 6 hours can be super draining. Being active and creative helps me unwind and feel better. 

Being active and creative helps me unwind and feel better. 

Have you tried any of these methods or has anything else worked for you? Would love to hear from you! You can email me at avademcher@gmail.com

Ava Demcher is an 8th grade student at Southampton Middle School, and will attend the IB Magnet Program next year. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, dancing, and making art. Ava wants to be a journalist when she grows up.

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