How To Stay Motivated When Taking A Hard Class!

How To Stay Motivated When Taking A Hard Class!

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Chemistry is the freaking worst, Y’all.

I know it’s important and all that, but seriously?! Math AND science all rolled into one super difficult class? Uh no, thanks! I’d like to keep them separate thank you very much.

Don’t even get me started on sig figs…. Ugh I can’t stand them.

I have a C in Chemistry right now. I’m used to making A’s, this is driving me crazy. Not crazy enough to pull my calculator out and start figuring out what I need to make on each test and lab to pull my grade up to an A….. but we’re starting to head into that crazy territory.

I’m not letting it drag me down though, I just need to stay motivated and push on through to the end of the semester. Would I love to have an A? YES, but a B is okay too. Heck even a C would be alright, this is chemistry we’re talking about, after all.

So here’s how I stay motivated when I’m taking a hard class:


I’ve said this in A LOT of posts, and I will probably say this in my sleep; a planner is your best friend. Seriously, it’s SO much easier to handle a difficult class when you know what is going on and when. I mean, how awful would it be if you showed up to class on test day and didn’t realize there was a test? Seriously awful, but since you have it in your planner, you show up ready to ace the test. At least until you get to the stupid density formula and can’t remember it. Or is that just me?

Use All Resources Available

So besides Google, there’s a ton of resources available to help on the internet. Google can get to all those magic resources. Man I love Google!

In addition to online resources, there are plenty of ways to get help on campus too. My college offers tutoring services on campus AND online tutoring.  And guess what?! It’s all FREE. Well technically I’m paying for it via tuition and fees, but still.  And my chemistry professor is so incredibly helpful.  She wants everybody to succeed and makes sure that we know that she is there to help if we need it. She rocks, I just HATE chemistry with a burning passion.

One Step At A Time

Rome wasn’t built in a day people! So sit back, relax, and take it day by day.  If you find yourself getting frustrated with a certain subject or assignment, take a step back and come back to it later. Sometimes a fresh perspective is all you need to conquer the issue at hand. Obviously, you don’t want to procrastinate, but sometimes a break is just needed and that’s okay.

I feel like this post is more of a rant about how much I despise chemistry instead of anything useful for Y’all. So I’ll end things on a more positive note with some cute moments from some students at work this week.

In case you aren’t aware or have forgotten, I work at a pre-school three days a week. During the day, I’m in my regular classroom with my three-year-olds.  Then for a few hours in the afternoon I work extended care with a mix of three-year-olds and four-year-olds.

So it’s snack time with the fours on Wednesday and I don’t normally work Wednesdays so one of the kids comes and gives me a hug, and then I kid you not, he points to my stomach goes “Do you have a baby in there?” and I was just like, “Nope. I’m just fat.”   Same kid, same time, just the next day, he hands me his nameplate to clean and accidentally drops it.  He goes, “I know you don’t have a husband yet so I’ll be a gentleman and pick it up for you”, then hands it to me.  Kids y’all! They have no filter.

What are your ways to stay motivated with a difficult class? Do you hate or love chemistry and why? What is the funniest thing a kid has ever said to you? Tell me in the comments below, I want to know!


  1. September 29, 2018 / 2:20 am

    I have never taken Chemistry and, if possible, I plan to avoid it for my college career as well. I’m an English major not a math major, haha! Great post though, I love how that little boy has been taught how to treat a woman and other people in general. That’s awesome!

    • Ellie
      September 29, 2018 / 7:05 am

      I’ll be crossing my fingers that you get to avoid taking it.

  2. September 29, 2018 / 7:56 am

    Totally, agree! I’m working on my dissertation and there were times, I didn’t think I would make it this far!

  3. September 29, 2018 / 8:20 am

    Confessing that Chemistry wasn’t one of my favourite subjects:)

  4. October 22, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    Oh how I despise Chemistry! I’ve always been an A student and was so happy to just get a C in the class haha. I was like just let me pass! Great post love <3

    • Ellie
      October 22, 2018 / 1:16 pm

      Hooray! Another fellow Chemistry hater haha. I’m in the class with a bunch of engineering majors and here I am like, “Uhhhh what?”
      Unfortunately, I found out too late that I could have taken Biology instead. Would have been SO much easier! I actually just dropped my Chemistry class earlier this morning because I would have ended up failing and I’d much rather have a W than an F on my transcripts and not tank my GPA.

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