Motivation is usually either 'intrinsic' or 'extrinsic.'
What is intrinsic motivation?
Intrinsic means 'internal', this kind of motivation refers to the motivation to engage in certain activities for its own sake. A student who is intrinsically motivated will work on a task because they enjoy it.
Intrinsic motivation is related to 'relevancy' and therefore a student will be more motivated to learn about a subject which is more relevant to them.
What is extrinsic motivation?
Extrinsic motivation is not ...
This solution, details the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.