To be able to proudly hold a General Educational Development or GED diploma with your name on it, you need to get and stay motivated long enough to take the exam. You must find a method to blast through the excuses, boredom, and procrastination that pop up along the way. Finding a motivating system that works will help you turn that dream into reality.

Motivating Factors

To stay motivated long enough to take the test, you first need to define why you want to obtain a GED diploma to begin with. It could help you obtain a better job, higher wages or a promotion. Your sights may be set on joining the military or applying to college and a GED cerificate is one of the requirements you need to get there. You may want to set a good example for younger relatives or simply to feel good about yourself.

Create a Schedule

Creating a daily schedule and sticking to it can help you stay on track and motivated. If you pull out your planner and examine it closely, you should be able to find some available slots to pencil in GED test preparation and study time. Even an hour or two a week can help get you on track and prepare you for the exam. You can do all of the studying at once or break it down into 15- to 30-minute study sessions. If you have it written down and planned, you'll be more likely to actually do it.

Set the Date

Choosing a date to take the GED exam will help you establish the finish line and know what you’re working toward. If the chosen date is in a few months, for example, contact the testing center and sign up for that test date or the closest one that works for you. Once you have the actual date, pull out your calendar and write it down in big colorful letters and circle it.

Study Buddy

A study buddy can help keep you from inertia or stalling. You can keep each other on track and moving toward your goals. If you can’t find a person studying for the GED exam, even another high school or college student can hunker down at a table and quietly study next to you. Although it helps to discuss the information with someone, it’s more about staying motivated than sharing the material you’re studying that matters. If you set a designated study time with your study buddy, it’s more likely that you’ll get there, stay on task and actually study, than if left to your own devices.

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