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Believe It! You Can Learn to Love Studying

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You may like school, you may hate school, but one thing is for sure you need to study to be successful in school.  Studying may seem boring, it may seem like that “one more thing” that you have to do on a long list of to-dos.  You may even like the subject but the idea of studying to absorb and process information may seem like a daunting task.  Students who get things finished have conquered the ability to stick with a task until the end…even if they do not like it.   But finishing something can be a great reward in of itself. Believe it or not, you can learn to love studying.

To get through studying means that you have to fight against procrastination.  Everyone procrastinates at some point and the thing that people tend to procrastinate with are things that they are afraid of and hate to do. Procrastinating for an hour is not the worst thing in the world.  You may need to talk yourself into the task, rest or maybe do something that puts you into a good mood, so you have the energy to do what you have to do. But when you procrastinate for hours, days, or even weeks when that project is due you will now have two major problems: 1) the pressure of doing the assignment; and 2) you will be mad at yourself for not getting it done more quickly. Here are some tips to doing work that makes studying more bearable and can help you start to feel good about studying and accomplishing what you need to do on time.

Get it over with

Focus on the more boring or awful part of the task and get it over with. And when I say focus, really focus. Turn off the TV, put the cell phone in another room and get the task done. When you focus intently on it and put 100% of your attention into it, it can become like a game.  A game where you are focused on bulldozing over the enemy, getting the enemy out of your way, and move on to bigger and better things.  When you think of it this way, studying becomes a lot more fun.

Think of it as part of your story
One day you will look back at all the studying you did and it will be worth it. But what’s more you will one day tell people about it.  You may tell your future spouse, or your children.  You may one day be the top person in your chosen field and the discipline you learned, by sticking to something can really be a part of your story.  It will feel good to brag how you did things you did not want to do and, how it made you a better person.

Reward yourself
Give yourself an incentive or ask your parents to give you an incentive for studying.  It does not have to be anything expensive or outrageous. For example, you could ask your parents to extend your curfew by an hour one night a week if you put in 3 extra hours of study.  You could give yourself an extra hour of TV a week if you don’t procrastinate and put in an extra few hours of study. If you give yourself something to look forward to, the time you put into studying will go faster.

Reconnect with your goals
Don’t think about hating your current task, think about how it fits in with your overall goal. You may find it a little boring to study history if you want to be nurse, but nursing school requires good grades across the board.  Think about what it is you really want and go for it with all that you’ve got.

Learning to love studying is really a matter of changing your mind. Dig in! The more you get done the better you will feel, and that is something you can be proud of and a feeling you will love.  Each day studying gets you closer to where you want to be and one day you will be really glad you put in all that work.

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