Motivation and Achieving High Grades I had finally become tired of the mediocre grades I received in high school. Now that I am at the university level, I resolved to achieve the best possible marks while maintaining balance in my life and other activities. I am motivated to do so but have little idea of how motivation operates. According to Petri and Govern (2004, p. 16), motivation refers to “the forces acting on or within an organism to initiate and direct behavior”. My concern is that I am motivated in many directions such as to having a social life and sports. My current intention involves making the transition from previous learned helplessness to taking control and using learning, modeling and reinforcement to achieve my academic...The end:
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