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How to find motivation during the pandemic

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Many students find it difficult to stay motivated at the moment. Most of the exams are postponed and deadlines extended. SCOPE wants to help you to not lose the focus and concentrate on your long term goals!

Our top 5 tips may help you to stay motivated and ambitious although the drastic changes in your learning environment.

  1. Make a schedule of the upcoming weeks!

Think about what articles or chapters you have to read, if you want to summarize them or go through summaries of other students and which subjects you want to start with. Plan for each day several tasks. Choose the amount carefully in a way that they are achievable, but still challenging and motivate you to keep on studying. Start with the difficult things first to get them out of your head. Additionally, also discuss with your fellow students how they are approaching the situation. Motivate and help each other out!

  1. ­Structure your day!

A plan is not only useful in the long-term, but also keeps you motivated during the day. Structure you day in advance and start directly in the morning with something productive. This makes you feel better in the end, because you already achieved something. But don’t forget your breaks!

  1. Take care of your body!

Although studying is important, even more significant is taking care of your body. Sleep sufficiently, at least 8 hours, and drink more than 1.5 litres a day. Use your study breaks for a yoga session or some breathing exercises. And don’t forget your vitamins. Just because you are home all day, you don’t need to eat more unhealthy snacks than usual. Now you have the time to prepare something healthy. This will increase your concentration and you will feel better about yourself.

  1. Get some fresh air!

Try to go out, without putting anyone at risk. In Maastricht it is still allowed to go for a jog, but keep social distancing and follow the regulations of the country you live in. If you have to stay inside, go to your window and take some deep breaths.

  1. Separate work and relaxation!

It is harder to focus on studying while being in bed. Try to stay away from your phone and other distractions. Furthermore, tell your roommates or family when you don’t want to be interrupted. Communicate clearly when you want to be productive.


If those tips are not enough help for you, then you can take a look at the following apps. (we are not getting paid in anyway)

  • Stay focused

    An Application for your Chrome browser to stop checking websites like Facebook distracting you from work.
    Pro: for free
    Con: only limits activities on your chrome browser

  • Forest

Forest is an app that helps you stay focused on the important things and keeps you from checking your phone. Whenever you want to stay focused, plant a tree. Your tree will grow while you focus on your work. Leaving the app halfway will cause your tree to die.
Pro: you can actually plant 5 real trees with your collected points
Con: costs around 2$

  • Flora

Similar to Forest, plant a tree when you want to be productive and see how it grows. If you leave the app the tree will die.
Pro: for free, you can plant a for real money as much trees as you like
Con: requires Facebook account to login

  • Tide

You can set a timer and play music improving your concentration. They are aiming at physical and mental care through the specific sounds offered.
Pro: support concentration and relaxation phase
Con: not everything is available for the free version

  • My study life


An application to organise your classes, tasks and exams.
Pro: for free
Con: you have to insert all deadlines and meetings yourself