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Maintaining Motivation and Preventing First-Semester Burnout

Author(s): Korstange, R.

Citation: Korstange, R. (2019). Maintaining Motivation and Preventing First-Semester Burnout. E-Source for College Transitions, 16(3), 13-16.



First-year experience courses are often tasked with helping students develop essential academic skills that will smooth their transition to college, and increase their success. As such, an important instructional strategy is to intentionally incorporate students real experience at the educational institution as a foundational element of the instructional design. This article describes one such lesson. Student responses to questions about the value they see in college, the specific challenges they are experiences, and their strategies to maintain motivation are marshaled to provide each student with more effective strategies for motivating themselves to complete their academic tasks.


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