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February 9, 2010 4:34 PM Subscribe
How do I stay motivated to do well in important classes that I’m not interested in?
posted by anonymous to Education (18 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
This semester, I am taking several classes that I have to take to graduate. I can’t switch out of these classes, or take them some other time. I also need to get a 4.0 this semester in order to get my GPA high enough to get an internship that I want next fall.
The problem is that these college classes are utterly uninteresting. I can barely stay awake in them, let alone do the homework or study for the tests. I am taking a couple other classes that I really enjoy, in subjects that are interesting to me and with professors that I respect and whose opinions I care about. I work for hours on those classes, and I’m doing quite well. So I know that I have the drive and the concentration to do well, if I could just motivate myself.
I am interested in stories or tips for how to actually do well in boring classes and in situations where I do not respect the professor. I guess my real question is, how to I motivate myself to do well in these classes so that I can actually do what I want to do next fall? The every day grind of small homework assignments and mind-numbing readings is preventing me from actually accomplishing my larger goal.
Anonymous because it’s pretty clear from my profile what college I go to.
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