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3 Ways to Keep Studying Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

Updated on August 2, 2017

1 Limit Your Session Time

If you feel listless during a study session, it’s arduous to sit it out if you have a couple more hours to go. But if you only have 10 minutes left till your next break, you will be motivated to carry on mugging so that you can take a quick power nap.

My general advice is: Limit your study session time to 30 minutes per session — followed by a short break.

You see, when you break down your study session into chunks, you will be able to memorize facts better, after the first repetition, the second repetition, and so on. Same goes for playing computer games or surfing the web. Take a break after an hour of staring into the digital screens.

Graph depicting the primacy and recency effects
Graph depicting the primacy and recency effects | Source

2 Reward Yourself

Reward yourself for completing your study time, so that you will be motivated. The reward can be watching your favorite television show, eating a piece of chocolate, or whatever you like. Check out these 155 Ways to Reward Yourself for Completing a Goal or Task. Of course, I don't recommend you gorging on food. Be conscientious of your health!

3 Be Positive, and Focus!

When you are struggling with bad emotions, you can feel that in your body.

Emotion is like a switch which you can either turn on or off for learning and for peak performance. Often ignored or taken for granted, your emotional state is related with how much you can focus on a task and hence, the outcome you can achieve. If you work in a fear-driven environment, your performance will no doubt suffer. It’s a psychological fact.

Keep yourself in the right emotional state for focus, while avoiding the negative states that cause sharp focus impossible. Positive emotion, in turn, galvanizes engagement.

If need be, listen to some songs, get up and walk around. Go read a chapter of a story book. Or pour yourself a coffee. Yes, just stroll around a bit while you keep studying. It’s an effective trick to reduce the emotions that are bothering you.

Actually, studying smart will help you a lot as you would only need to grasp the most important information. Watch the many videos available on Youtube including the one above for advice. Don't just study. Study in the smart way!


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