No matter what your Valentine’s Day weekend plans are, your calendar likely has you set up for a nice date with your textbooks in the near future. And while a fluorescent-lit evening with Plato might not exactly sound romantic to many, there are many reasons why students can still get excited about studying.
Here are four tips for getting yourself to love what you know you’ll have to do either way.
Don’t micromanage yourself Let’s face it, if you say you’re going to study Statistics at 1pm for two hours on Monday, it’s usually around 2pm that day when you realize that it isn’t quite going the way you planned. Instead, simply say to yourself you’ll study Statistics for 2 hours on Monday and allow it to happen according to the rest of your day – this will cut down on wasted time and make it feel less like a chore.
Ask questions Some may say it’s impossible to love studying. It is, however, very possible to love learning, and being inquisitive and asking questions is the best way to start this process. As you study, jot down 2-3 points that you’d like to know more about and research it or to ask a professor or tutor later. It may not give you butterflies, but it will get you better involved with the material.
Organize your space No one likes a sloppy date. When you look up from your books, seeing a space you’re happy with can be all the motivation you need to keep on studying. Organize and personalize your space to minimize distractions.
Think in terms of you Being positive about studying begins with not blaming someone else. Don’t curse your professor or lament about society when it’s time to crack the books (you can do that afterwards). Instead, think about how studying will help you as a healthy alternative for when you feel like getting grouchy.
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