Studying: an integral part of education, but not always fun. Even the best students with great work ethics can sometimes struggle with getting their mind into the right space. They can be easily distracted, have other things to think about, dislike the material, or just simply lack motivation. So, what do you do to get yourself in the mood to study? Here are five helpful tips.
5 tips to get you in the mood to study
Don’t procrastinate. Waiting until a few days, or the day before the test can make the task seem too big. It also doesn’t give enough time to adequately devote yourself to the material. In addition, this last-minute rush can add even more pressure to an already stressful situation, making concentration more difficult.
Acknowledge why you don’t want to study. Knowing the cause of a problem is the key to finding the solution. Do you find the material difficult? Set a reward for yourself to motivate you to complete your goal of studying. Are you having a problem with a friend or family member? Try to resolve it before focusing on your studies so it isn’t weighing you down. Make a list of anything that is mentally distracting you and tackle each individually or come up with a plan to address them later so they don’t distract you so much while studying.
Study in a tidy place. Messy areas can be distracting, leading your focus to everywhere but your schoolwork. They also don’t provide a lot of motivation for productivity, as well as making it more difficult to find important materials. Keep your study space clean and neat, organizing what you need and eliminating what you don’t.
Set limits. Don’t overwhelm yourself by trying to take on big, long lessons first. Start small, tackling the easier work first then graduating to more complicated lessons. Also set time limits as you go rather than trying to accomplish everything at once. Give yourself a set amount of time to work instead of trying to finish it all at once. These limits will set the pace, easing you into studying while making the increase in work a little less daunting.
Get competitive. While you don’t want to compare yourself to others, a little competition can be healthy, especially if it is with yourself. Set yourself a goal of improving your grades and scoring higher than on the previous test. Use those improvements or benchmarks as motivation before each exam.
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