Law School Academic Support Blog

Editor: Amy Jarmon
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Rewards as Motivators

Law students may find that providing themselves rewards for task completion during final assignments and exam studying will keep them motivated.  Students should match the reward to the accomplishment: large rewards for large tasks completed; medium rewards for medium tasks completed; and small rewards for small tasks completed.   

Students can determine their own definitions of large, medium and small tasks depending on difficulty of course material, type of assignment, and length of the paper.  In addition, students will differ as to the content of the motivators depending on their own tastes and lifestyles.

Here are some ideas to help students generate their own rewards lists:


  • Ice cream for dessert
  • Chai latte on the way to school
  • Popcorn snack mid-afternoon
  • Chat in the student lounge for 10 minutes
  • Sit outside and work on one's tan for 10 minutes
  • Check e-mail for 10 minutes
  • Walk around campus for 10 minutes


  • Watching a 1/2 hour sitcom.
  • Phoning a friend for 30 minutes.
  • Lunch with a friend in the student lounge
  • Video games for 30 minutes
  • Free cell for 30 minutes
  • Playing Frisbee with the family dog
  • Reading a story to a child


  • Lunch or dinner at a restaurant
  • Going to the cinema
  • Reading the Sunday paper cover to cover
  • Reading a novel for several hours
  • Taking a drive in the countryside
  • Buying a new cookbook
  • Taking one's children to the park

The rewards are only limited by the law student's imagination and finances.  By having something to look forward to, it is easier to persevere and finish a task.  (Amy Jarmon)

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