Going back to school can be a daunting task, especially graduate school, when you have a million other things going on in your life. Also, in the world of distance learning self-discipline is key, but not always easy to practice. However, I have found that there are some things you can do to effectively ease the study pains.
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When it comes to writing papers, I have to admit I’m a bit of a procrastinator. Because of this, I am usually sitting at my computer the morning the paper is due wondering what I will write about. To clarify, I do NOT recommend this learning style at all. Still, every time I did finish the assignment, I would reward myself with a cup of coffee at the local Starbucks. Over time, I found that I related getting my work finished with that cup of coffee I loved so much. After I realized this motivation to do my work before its due date became much easier.
Whatever your guilty pleasure might be, a cup of coffee or a scoop of ice cream, indulge a little bit when you accomplish something good. Who knows, maybe a little bit of ice cream, over time, can push you to finish your degree earlier than you thought you could!
By Rachel Baehr
M.B.A. student at American Military University
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