written by Meg Embry
Over a year into the pandemic, there's a new name for that vague, "ugh, can I just not?" feeling you're probably experiencing right now.
It's called languishing, which is essentially a trendy term for unmotivated. You're not depressed, exactly. But you aren't inspired, either. You know what needs to be done but you don't have the drive to do it.
For online students, that in-between place where motivation goes to die can be a major challenge.
"Sometimes you get to a point where you struggle to care," said Angel Porter, a University of Denver student pursuing dual master's degrees in communication management and web development.
"Online learning can turn into a slog," said Tamara Meredith, who just completed her master of education at University of Texas at Arlington. "No one is standing over you making you do it."
Motivation Is a Problem for Most Online Students
As of 2018, over 35% of postsecondary students were enrolled in at least one online course.
According to a 2020 survey, 76% of undergraduate respondents and 56% of graduate respondents identified lack of motivation as their biggest online learning obstacle.
The internet is full of helpful, if fairly obvious, advice for how to stay motivated in online classes: