The quality and quantity of learning is influenced by several things, including student motivation and
attention. This study aims to identify the role of motivation and attention in learning, especially in the
first year students of the Health Polytechnic of Moluccas on Environmental Health Department. This
study uses quantitative design, involving 80 first-year students in 2011/2012. The Archer Instrument
Modification for the Health Professional Motivation Survey1 is used to measure motivation, while
measuring attention using Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 2. The results showed
that the achievement motivation of first-year students was oriented towards meeting academic
requirements, while the results of attention measurement found that most students had difficulty giving
attention (ADHD) in the medium category.

Keywords: motivation, attention, learning, student