We all know that studying is important as our future depends on it. But as students, we have complete demotivation to study. We are always looking for reasons not to study until the exams kick in and we have to study anyways. Sometimes it becomes very late when we realize that to get good grades we have to study. We panic, skip unimportant topics and understand nothing properly. Our results get affected, and we end up with little or no learning.
You could be a straight-A student but sometimes you just don’t feel like studying. This article is going to help you to learn how to study even when you don’t feel like it.
Why Studying is Important?
Before laying out the facts that how to study even when you are not in the mood to study it is important to learn why studying is important? This way you will have a very clear approach to the question “why you are studying?” and these benefits will help you stay motivated.
Retention of Knowledge and Skills
Studying and learning the material of a class is important because it enhances knowledge and abilities. And the reason why the teachers repetitively ask you to read the books is, repetition makes things stick into your mind. It is suggested to read the notes or book at least 3 times before you go for a test or exam. Remember the time when you were in an exam and while solving the exam you wished to go back in time and study certain things a little harder so you could remember them now? Years later, the same thing will happen to you when you will go for a job interview. Because you might be able to complete your degree through shortcuts but without learning it will be of no worth.
Imagine spending years of your life completing a degree and still not able to answer some simple questions!
Preparation for Future
Studying helps you to get the future you have been dreaming of! Whether you want to get enrolled in a good university, get the job you want, and have the best knowledge and communication skills when you are being social. Studying helps us to grow our brains with knowledge. The more you study the more it becomes easy for you to learn new things and memorize the old ones. Employers always look for quick learners and such people hold a special place in the eyes of the employers. While studying you might even realize you’re passionate about a subject or topic once you start digging deeper into it while studying — it could shape your entire future in exciting ways.
Reduction of Anxiety and Improved Confidence Level
The study not only helps you to pass a class. It boosts your confidence level by exhibiting your potential and skills. Knowing the material takes your focus off worrying about your test performance and puts it onto drawing on everything you need to know while you’re taking the test. This may even help you sleep better. Imagine living your whole student life doing procrastination, when it was the right time to fight it back and learn your true strengths. You get to know about your abilities very late in life when you are left with no time to polish your skills and literally with no morale. When you get through a class with good grades; your life goals become clearer. Making decisions and planning your future saves you from a lot of troubles and you end up becoming a confident yet successful person.
Keeps the Knowledge Fresh
If you study regularly, exams are going to be a breeze. Being regular with your studies will make your knowledge super fresh. Break the material down into smalls chunks so that you study a little of it each day for 20 minutes or so instead of spending hours cramming it in all at once. Study at the same time every day so that it becomes part of your routine, and first do the work you’re looking forward to least to get it out of the way.
How to Study Even When You are not in the Mood to Study
Find out Why You Procrastinate
The most important step towards motivating yourself to study is finding out the reason why you procrastinate.
There can be several reasons why you are trying to escape from studies:
Finding out the root cause of why you procrastinate is the key step to motivation. Also, you can’t put a solution to a problem if you don’t know where the problem is coming from. The following can be the reasons why you procrastinate
- The subject is probably not of your choice
- You think that the subject is beyond your abilities
- You are waiting for the right time to start
- Exams are at hand and out of the stress you can’t study
- By not studying you think you are rebelling against your parents or teachers
Create a Study Routine
Humans are creatures of habit. We do something again and again and it becomes our habit. The tip here is to make a schedule, write it down what you will do before studying, and after it, how many hours you have to study? What would be the appropriate time to study (the time of the day when your mind is fresh), when will you play and go to meet your friends and so on. . .
At the start, it will take time for you to get used to it and you will also feel like not sticking to the schedule. But once you cement the routine into your life, you will carry it out like automatic mode.
Here are some useful tricks to organize your time
- For each subject make a list of important tasks you need to do before exams and allocate specific time for it.
- Set a rigid timetable (when to play and when to study) for each day and stick to it.
- Ask a friend or a family member to make sure that you stick to the schedule
Studying will become so easy when you don’t have to fight yourself into it every day.
Set Small Goals
When you don’t feel like studying do this simple task to buy some motivation. Set small goals and try to do your work little by little. If you feel like the study is nothing more than a burden, follow a flexible and less hectic schedule at the start and then day by day start increasing your work task. This way you will not feel burdened from the start and you can bring your body in the study mode with little or no stress.
Take Small Breaks
When you procrastinate one major reason can be that the task ahead seems overwhelming. As a student, you will have several pieces of work to handle in a day. Break your study syllabus into tasks. During the day, pick one task at a time. Decide which task you will do at this moment. You will be focusing all your commitment to this work. Research indicates that it typically takes 20 to 30 days to form a habit. So you’ll have to put in some work before this technique pays off.
Take short breaks in between your study session to refresh the brain. Eat snacks and relax during the break. Let your mind rest. Praise yourself for the discipline you just showed. It will tempt you to show the discipline again.
Add the Element of Fun
Studying can be a very boring task especially when you don’t feel like studying it becomes even more boring. Try to add the element of fun into this boring task. You can make it fun by using different colors of pens, highlighters. Relating the concepts of your book with some interesting life incidents can also help. You can buy your favorite snacks and drinks to refresh yourself while studying.
Or try using the same winning techniques you use when you are playing your favorite video game. Assume as if it were some kind of a video game mission that you need to win. In this way, you won’t feel as bored as you were before. If not, try using mp3 players while studying. In other words, pick a different study location. Don’t keep learning your new language in the same old place. It’s good to breathe in some fresh air. By doing this you can also change your mood inside out.
Keep Your Focus on Why You Need to Study
To be motivated, you have to remind yourself why you are studying and why it is important for you to study? Remind yourself that the only shortcut to a successful life is studying, getting good grades, and developing practical skills. Remember a simple formula that studying is equaled to good grades.
Also tell yourself that getting bad grades can be painful, remember the last time when you didn’t prepare for your test, and how badly you failed at it? That initial feeling of seeing your terrible marks is what you need to visualize. This will help you to study even when you don’t feel like it.
Make a list of the reasons why you need to study and get good grades;
You may want to get good grades because
- You don’t want any regrets in your life
- You need to get a meaningful career
- You want to live the best life with your loved ones
- You want to become a good student with focused career goals
Then, when you’re feeling unmotivated, read the list one more time.
Understand the Topic don’t just Cram it
Understanding a topic is far more rewarding than memorizing it. So this approach to studying is not only more effective – it will keep you motivated. Cramming a topic about which you don’t have any understanding will make you feel exhausted. However, developing an understanding of the topic helps you to be comfortable with the subject and also develop a curiosity about it. To get engaged with the subject, it is suggested to ask a few questions such as:
When was this theory developed?
What was that person was thinking when he developed it?
What it is trying to teach you?
The right questions can lead you to the right understanding of the subject.
As we have discussed earlier, that dividing your work into small chunks and rewarding every time you complete a small part can be a good idea. Reward yourself by doing the things you are passionate about. It could be playing the guitar, piano, watching your favorite show on TV, playing your favorite video game, eating the snacks you like the most, or going for a walk. Hunching over your notes nonstop can be tiring. Much of our frustration and whining originate from deep inside of us. During the small breaks do what makes you happy to end up the day on good terms.
Study with Your Friends and Identify Your Studying Style
You can’t always be motivated to study but you can seek help from your friends about it. And some students find it motivating to study with friends. Finding the right group of friends with whom you can study is important otherwise it will become a fun get together rather than a studying group.
It is suggested not to study with more than 4 friends, if the group is larger than 4 it tends to become distracting. Studying with your friends can be advantageous in terms of keeping you committed to your studies, it also develops a sense of responsibility when you see other people are connected to you and expects from you. Also, studying in a group takes advantage of the fact that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses. If there’s a concept you don’t understand, chances are that someone in your group will be able to explain it to you.
Mediate and Don’t Expect to be Motivated all the Time
Meditate. If you are feeling distracted and not in a mood to study simply meditate. Take a deep breath, close your eyes. Make yourself realize that this situation is temporary and it will end soon. Meditation can be a good way to calm your rushing mind down. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s amazing how many students try to study with one eye on their textbook and the other eye on their social media feed. There might be something that is bothering you. Try to find what is wrong with you and put an end to this confusing situation.
Sometimes the hardest part of doing something is ‘starting it’. Even if you don’t feel like studying, push yourself. Put your grades over and above the fact that you don’t want to study. Set small goals. Meditate. One day you are going to thank yourself for not giving up. Because, after all, your future is much more important than your current feeling.