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Revision rewards: how to motivate yourself to actually revise

Sometimes motivation is hard to find during the exam season.

One revision hack is to reward yourself for your achievements in order to stay happy and motivated during your studies; if you have something to look forward to, you have small things to be excited for to keep you going. Here's a guide to some different ways you can reward yourself when you revise:

Daily rewards
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A way to motivate yourself each day is with a small daily reward to keep yourself going. This could be a nice Starbucks coffee, a bath bomb, a face mask, a movie. I hate going to the library so one thing I would do to motivate myself was buying some vegetable sushi from Boots. These are just of few ideas of little mood boosters that make sure your revision packed days aren't completely neglectful of your personal needs and overall happiness.

Weekly rewards

Why not treat yourself to a takeaway at the end of the week, or a trip to the cinema, or go out for a drink, and keep that in mind whenever you're struggling to find motivation. Even if your friends don't have the time, you can always do something by yourself. Recently, I went to go and see Dumbo by myself—to get away from all the coursework preparation I had recently done—it was a new experience going alone but was definitely worth it. Giving yourself something to look forward to each week gives you the motivation to revise.

Landmark rewards 

If you do a certain amount of hours work by a certain amount of time, why not treat yourself to something you've wanted for ages. This is a great hack for being sensible with money while also making yourself work hard in order to get it. Why not treat yourself to that dress you wanted or a CD. This doesn't have to be just materialistic, why not give yourself a lie in on Sunday if you achieve your goal number of hours work or if you reach your first-word count. One thing I did was order an item for an upcoming holiday that would get here right after I'd finished all my work.

The biggest reward

Ultimately, the biggest reward will be your grade. Hard work pays off, and the more effort and time invested in your work is most likely to see a better outcome. Whether you're trying for a good grade to go into the next academic year, or graduation is in sight, investing in your future is always worth it. The entire time I was writing up my coursework I was looking for the perfect graduation dress.

Those are just a few ideas of what you can reward yourself with in order to keep you going. It's important to take care of yourself and your own needs while still working hard. Hopefully this guide to rewarding yourself after you revise will give you some ideas of how to stay motivated.

Featured image: Vasily Koloda on Unsplash