Study is boring!
We’ve all been there before: It’s a sunny day outside; You know your friends are hanging out somewhere fun; Or that PS4 just looks so damn appealing! On the other hand, this english essay looks mighty boring…
What to do when you want to be doing anything but study!
We know how important it is to do well at school. You don’t need another boring article to drill that into you! So, if we know how important it is, why do we have so much trouble getting motivated to do what we need to do? And more importantly, what are some tips to help you just on with it when you really aren’t feeling the vibe.
Tip One – Leave the most difficult tasks till last
It seems you’re already suffering from a lack of motivation at this very moment in time. The last thing you want to do is stifle yourself more by taking on a really difficult task.
Try to find some simpler tasks that you can do to get you ‘into the swing’ of study. Perhaps some old practice tests – even if they’re easy – just to build up your motivation and confidence and get your brain in the zone.
Once you start to get some momentum up, increase the level of difficulty of the tasks you are undertaking.
Tip Two – Meditate when you need a break
I know this one sounds dorky – especially if you’ve never practised any mindfulness or meditation before. But don’t think of it as sitting in a robe surrounded by crystals while dreaming of your next vegan snack! Meditation can just mean sitting in a serene environment and being one with yourself for a few moments.
We will explore meditation for study in a later article, but for today if you’re willing to give it a go, just find a quiet place, close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing for 1 – 2 minutes. Thoughts will come-and-go; that’s fine! Just sit and focus on your breathing for a couple of minutes to let your mind fully rest and rejuvenate for the next task at-hand.
Tip Three – Done is better than perfect; Something is better than nothing; But plan to improve.
If all else fails, remember that doing something is better than nothing. Even if you just scribble some notes, watch a YouTube video on the topic you want to revise, or write out a plan for your next study session – train your brain to do something even if you don’t want to. There’ll be countless times in life when you just have to get on with it, even if it’s a sunny day outside!
The important part of this tip is that when you sit down the following day, or later that day, for your next study session: promise yourself that you will do more than the last time. Even if all you did last time was end up with a few scrawled lines – this time I want a paragraph of scrawl. The next time? I’ll have a paragraph of neat notes thanks. And that time after that, make it a page of notes! Promise yourself you’ll do just a little bit better each time you sit down to work, even if you don’t feel like it at that moment in time.
Tip Four – Try a little creativity
If the logical part of your brain just isn’t firing, try a creative activity. Listen to some music. Look at some art online. Read some poetry. Then, perhaps, critique the work you’ve just looked at or heard. Did you like the sounds? Did you enjoy the colours? What words appealed to you?
Getting your creativity flowing is a really powerful way to ‘switch on’ the learning parts of the mind.
Study can be boring! Yep!
No doubt – study can be boring. But let’s try to focus on the big picture: it’s a means-to-an-end and, more importantly, when you study something you are learning how to study for when you come across the topic that really does engage you. There will be something one day that you can’t learn quickly enough! Every time you study you improve your ability to take that