While studying is seldom immediately reinforcing, a huge number
of immediately reinforcing activities are available at
university; and they compete directly with studying, for your
time (watching t.v., socializing, going to movies, going to
parties, and so on).
You are best off to reduce the opportunities for temptation to
arise, than to attempt to resist it. Unplug the phone, rather
than count on being able to say "No" when your friend phones to
see if you want to go out. Or use fun activities as short-term
reinforcements that can be earned with effective
You may be interested in checking out our Self Management Checklist.
The Learning Skills Program offers a number of resources in this area.
More on motivation.