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How to force yourself to study seriously

Updated: Jul 28, 2022

If you are reading this, you probably are a fellow student stuck in an endless cycle of guilt and procrastination. Hey, it's ok. Keep reading to learn how to make studying a fruitful part of your day.

Step 1: Motivate yourself

1. Keep a list of the reasons why you need or want to study.

Right now, grab a piece of paper and a pencil. Go on. List the reason you need to study and whenever you feel like skipping a study session, read it!

Your list can look like this

1# I want to score good grades (duh!)

2# I BADLY want that scholarship

3# I'd like not to get into trouble!

2. Make boring information more interesting so it’s easier to study

It can be difficult to be interested in everything, and some subjects just won’t captivate you. However, you can try to make studying more engaging, for example, by relating what you are learning to your own life!

For example, if you’re bored by the book you have to read for English class, ask yourself how you can relate to the characters in the book to keep yourself engaged.

3. Set a timer so that you know there is an end in sight.

Are you trying to study for HOURS without a stopping point? No wonder you feel tired! Break your day into several 30-minute study sessions and set an end time for the day. Take a short 5-10 minute break every 30 minutes.

4. Reward yourself at the end of each study block to keep yourself going

This can include

1# a piece of your favourite candy

2# Cuddling your pet

3# Listening to you your favourite tune

4# Anything really!

5. Enlist the help of a study-buddy

You could ask your study buddy to check in with you if they haven’t heard from you in a few days. This could get you back on track with your plans before too much time passes.

Step 2: Make a schedule

1. Study at the same time every day so it becomes a habit.

Are you a morning person or a night owl? Try to commit a few hours to study either early in the morning, at night, or as soon as you get back from school.

2. Make a schedule for exams so you can start studying ahead of time.

For example, as soon as you learn about a test, write it down in your calendar.

3. Break down the material you need to learn into small sections

Do you feel overwhelmed by the quantity of work to be done? Here's the solution: break down the information into small, bite-sized pieces. Write down what each piece consists of so you know what you need to tackle when you sit down to study.

Step 3: Remove distractions

1. Boost your concentration by taking a quick walk before you study.

Work out some nervous energy and boost your endorphins with a 10-15 minute exercise session! You could even try studying while you’re exercising. Take your notes to the gym and walk on the treadmill while you read them over. No kidding!

2. Go someplace where you won’t be distracted by your surroundings.

In general, a space that is clear of sights and sounds that will distract you is going to be the best for studying.

3. Turn off all of your electronics that you don’t need for studying.

Who hasn't tried to study with the tv or social media in the background? Here's a no-brainer: it doesn't help!

4. Be selective about whether or not you’ll listen to music while you study.

Obviously, hard-core rock music will not aid the studying process for most of us! Let a gentle background piece of gentle background music caress your ears instead.


Studying can be a pleasant experience for some but a nightmare for others! Try out some of the above tips, there's nothing to lose!



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