40 Best Exam Motivational Quotes for Students

Motivation is a desire or a process which initiates a person to act in order to complete a goal or task. Motivation is the driving factor behind any human activity. The negligence or scarcity of motivation leads to mental illnesses like depression. Motivation makes life worth living as well as gives a specific purpose and meaning to life.

Motivation involves biological, emotional, social, and cognitive forces that initiate human behavior. Different people feel motivated through different sources. Some are motivated through external factors like trophies, money, social recognition, or praise. This is known as extrinsic motivations. While others are motivated through internal factors like solving a task, or self-inspiration and exploration, etc. This is known as intrinsic motivations. Though both forms of motivation results in achievements and goal fulfillment, intrinsic motivations lead to much higher level of accomplishment and satisfaction.

According to American psychologist Abraham Maslow in 1943, “humans are inherently motivated to better themselves and move toward expressing their full potential—self-actualization—by progressively encountering and satisfying several levels of need from the most fundamental, such as for food and safety, to higher-order needs for love, belonging, and self-esteem.”

Every human being needs motivation to perform a task. The desire or need to perform any task originates from within. The internal factors such as emotions, cognitions and needs and the external factors such as consequences, incentives, or other forms of society pressure works hand in hand to create motivation to perform a set of tasks or reach a goal. Motivation is an ageless necessity. Be it office goers, businessmen, children, old-aged individuals, and students, all need motivation to perform their respective tasks.

Motivation is a must for students as it provides the positive energy and zeal to achieve goals. During early years of education, extrinsic motivation is used by teachers and parents to attract the attention of kids towards fun learning activities and goal completion. But as they grow, children are encouraged to focus on self and get motivated from within to succeed in life and follow their goals. Children usually find motivations do to something if they love doing it and/or if they are dedicated towards their specific goals.

As a parent or teacher, it is very important to motivate your children/students towards their specific goals. For a student, exams are a stressful period and the need for motivations is the most at that time. Since every child is different, therefore, their motivations will be different too. Children are sensitive and words can have lasting impressions on their growing minds. Thus, speaking and sharing motivating words in the form of popular sayings and Motivational Quotes during their class tests or exams can boost their morale and fill them with confidence.

Here are 40 best motivational quotes to encourage students during their exams.

  1. Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m Possible. – Audrey Hepburn

  2. My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. – Charles Dickens

  3. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. – Winston Churchill

  4. Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do – Benjamin Spock

  5. Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can. – Arthur Ashe

  6. The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well. – John D. Rockefeller

  7. I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. – Thomas Jefferson

  8. Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. – Robert Collier

  9. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better. – Jim Rohn

  10. There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. – Beverly Sills

  11. There is no substitute for hard work. – Thomas Edison

  12. There are no traffic jams on the extra mile. – Zig Ziglar

  13. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. – Vidal Sassoon

  14.  I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan

  15. Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. – Henry Ford

  16. You don’t drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there. – Ed Cole

  17. Don't stress. Do your best and forget the rest. - Unknown

  18. Fear is the brain’s way of saying that there is something important for you to overcome. - Unknown

  19. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work learning from failure. - General Colin Powell

  20. Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will. - Unknown

  21. Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted. – David Bly

  22. Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it. – Jules Renard

  23. Recipe for success: Study while others are sleeping; work while others are loafing; prepare while others are playing; and dream while others are wishing. – William A. Ward

  24. A lot of us would like to move mountains, but few of us are willing to practice on small hills. _ Anonymous

  25.  Nothing happens until something moves. – Albert Einstein

  26. The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself. – Henry Ward Beecher

  27. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. - Albert Einstein

  28. Exams test your memory; life tests your learning; others will test your patience. - Fennel Hudson

  29. The day you take complete responsibility for yourself, the day you stop making any excuses, that’s the day you start to the top. – O.J. Simpson

  30. You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result. - Mahatma Gandhi

  31. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. - Unknown

  32. Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential. – John Maxwell

  33. Fear is the brain’s way of saying that there is something important for you to overcome. - Unknown

  34. If you believe in what you’re doing, you’ll be successful. - Connie Sellecca

  35. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison

  36. However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. – Stephen Hawking

  37. The journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. - Lao Tzu

  38. I’m not telling you it is going to be easy — I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it. - Art Williams

  39. Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. – Maria Robinson

  40. Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success. – Shiv Khera

Being friends with your kids is the best way to parenthood. Friendship forms a deep connection and communicating healthy thoughts and motivations to them becomes easy. Moreover, you can stick motivating Exam Quotes near your child’s study desk to keep them dedicated towards achieving higher goals in study and career.