Earning your education comes with challenges so here are some motivational quotes for students, along with tips to help you succeed!
Being a student comes with great rewards, but with everything that requires work, there are undoubtedly challenges as well. These motivational quotes for students are here to give you that extra push when you need it most.
The skills you learn and the pressure you face as a student will better prepare you to succeed both in school and in life. That’s why the quotes are followed by some useful tips to help you get over the challenging aspects that come with being a student.
Why Students Need Motivation
Students have a lot on their plate. From balancing a social life, taking care of their physical and mental health, potentially working, and even raising a family, there is the pressure to do well in school while still maintaining all other responsibilities.
This goes without mentioning that there’s always the looming thoughts about the future and how the decisions you choose today will affect the rest of your life. But, the good news is, you can and will get through it and the effort you put in today will pay you back with rewards tomorrow.
How These Quotes Can Help You
- Overcoming Procrastination
- Removing Excuses
- Balancing Your Time
- Relieving Stress
- Creating a Successful and Solution-Oriented Mindset
- Learning to Work Hard
- Achieving Perseverance
- Believing in Yourself
- Planning for the Future
- Finding Your Purpose
Motivational Quotes for Students
1. How to Study
As you know, students are often measured by the grades they receive and that’s discovered through exams. While some students are naturally good at taking tests, others may suffer from anxiety or wait until the last minute to cram for a test. Remember: You have the material you need, you just need to learn how to use it!
See below for some tips on how to better prepare and hone test-taking skills to improve grades and one’s mental state of being before, during and after an exam.
“There is no substitute for hard work.”
– Thomas Edison
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
– Beverly Sills
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
– Thomas Edison
- Remove distractions
- Find a setting that is comfortable
- Take breaks for water
- Create short-term goals and rewards for when you achieve them
- Use a highlighter, flashcards, Cornell method, or whatever works best for you
2. Time Management
As one of the most important skills you can learn during school to help you succeed in your academic career, professional career and overall life, time management skills are different for everyone. Some people have it in their nature to get to work on a task the moment it is assigned, while others continue to push it off until the last minute.
The challenges of time management differ for each person because everyone has different things to do and a different way of prioritizing tasks. However, if you can understand yourself and how you function, i.e., you prefer to work on schoolwork in the morning than night, you can set up your time to work for you, rather than against you.
The truth is, everyone has the same hours in a day, and learning how to maximize them and design your schedule to serve you optimally can truly change your life.
“Procrastination is the thief of time.”
– Edward Young
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”
— William Penn
“A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.”
— Charles Darwin
“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”
— Karen Lamb
Time Management Tips:
- Use a calendar or scheduler
- Organize to-do list by priorities
- Get the easy things out of the way first
- If you have multiple tasks, try to do the one that will push the others forward first
- Don’t procrastinate — when given a task, if you have the time to do it, just do it!
- Wake up earlier
3. Stress Relief
Stress is a normal part of life. In fact, it’s our bodies natural response to situations in order to protect us. However, when it comes to school, stress can arise from within, from familial pressure, from the fear of the future, from the amount of work that’s given, from paying for school, etc. Stress often comes from needing to get many tasks done in a short amount of time, balancing school with other responsibilities, and the pressure to get good grades.
Although stress can come from anywhere, it is how you deal with it that will set you apart and better prepare you to lead a calmer and more thoughtfully designed way of life. In turn, when you learn how to manage and dispel stress, you will be able to perform better in every aspect of your world.
“Calmness is the cradle of power.”
— Josiah Gilbert Holland
“Set peace of mind as your highest goal, and organize your life around it.”
— Brian Tracy
“Doing something that is productive is a great way to alleviate emotional stress. Get your mind doing something that is productive.”
— Ziggy Marley
Stress Relief Tips
- Write things down
- Reduce caffeine intake — try decaf or herbal teas, particularly chamomile tea
- Try meditation and/or yoga
- Do something fun
- Listen to music
4. Stay Focused
When it comes to school, it’s easy to be distracted. We live in a world with so many technological distractions which has made staying focused even harder. Along with technology, your mind is probably always trying to list what you have to do next or what you could’ve done differently in the past.
However, when it comes to school and truly learning, it is necessary to stay focused. That’s the one way you know you will absorb information and be able to recall it for the future. For starters, slowing down and understanding it’s impossible to multitask will put you in the mindset to know that where you are is exactly where you should be. Being present will make a world of difference in everything you do.
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”
— Thomas Jefferson
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
— Arthur Ashe
“You’ve got to get up every morning with determination if you’re going to go to bed with satisfaction.”
— George Lorimer
Stay Focused Tips:
- Create a schedule so you can plan your activities in day parts
- Don’t try to multitask, your brain physically can’t do it
- Give yourself breaks
5. Overcome Difficulties/Prepare for Future
Life is challenging and the future is unknown. Yet, people need to set short-term goals in an effort to create the life they are planning to have down the line. As overwhelming as that can get, it helps to take things day by day and most importantly, be flexible.
Things can change and you cannot control everything, so the best way to overcome difficulties and prepare for the future is to train your mind to be adaptable and solution-oriented so that when challenges do arise, you are mentally prepared to face them.
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”
— Stephen Hawking
“Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”
— Joshua J. Marine
“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”
— Abraham Lincoln
Future Planning Tips:
- Explore many disciplines
- Don’t be afraid to fail
- Try something new
- Look back to childhood to see what brought joy
- Ask yourself what you’re naturally good at
- Create a mission statement for yourself
- Create a Passion Test
- Be patient
6. Achieving Success
Everyone has something they are good at, everyone has their own definition of success, and everyone’s unique talents are exactly that — unique.
While you may be pressured to study something you don’t want to or choose a career that isn’t aligned with your personal values, you must always find time and put in effort to learn what you are interested in and understand your strengths. This way you can at least balance the bad with the good.
When it comes to being successful, those who achieve greatness know first and foremost how to play to their strengths. When you’re good at something, you can feel the passion and achieve flow state, where you get lost in the work and don’t even notice the time moving. In both your education and your life, this is the feeling you want to achieve to spur the starting point for a successful future.
“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
– John Wooden
“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.”
– John Maxwell
“Strive for progress, not perfection.”
Tips for Success:
- Define success for yourself
- List short and long-term goals to help you achieve what you want
- Train your brain to be solution-oriented
- Create a network of like-minded friends and mentors
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
- Never fear failure
- Always try again