Have you ever sat at your desk with the intention of studying for a few hours and after 10 minutes you still feel like you don’t want to start?
The whole process seems boring, and you can’t seem to keep your focus. We’ve all been through this before, but there are different ways and tricks you can use to help you keep studying for hours without getting bored.
Staying engaged while you are studying and not getting bored is crucial to long-term success. This is quite important during exams when you need to study more than usual and do it consistently.
The following tips will help you spend countless hours studying without getting bored.
1. Vary your Workload
Don’t spend all day on the same topic. You want to make sure that you do a little variety of topics during the day. It is normal to get bored if you spend hours studying the same thing. The goal is to stay engaged for as long as possible.
There is also a higher chance that you will face multiple obstacles if you are studying the exact same topic which can be tough to overcome. For example, you might be working all day on anatomy. Anatomy has its challenges and a lot of it comes from the fact that there are odd naming systems and simply because there is so much to remember and to learn.
You also need to know every nerve in different parts of the body, the muscles related to their origin and insertion, and how all these muscles work to stimulate movement, which is a challenging thing to do. Spending the whole day facing some uphill battle in anatomy with no respite won’t make you move forward but studying it in installments into bite-size pieces, over the course of a few weeks, rather than just cramming them into one day makes it much easier.
Another way you can study is by not spending the whole day using the same study method. Instead of just going through lecture slides all day, try to explain these concepts to your family, friends, or fellow students. You can review exam questions, test yourself with Anki cards, or review things you don’t quite understand with a Sketchy or Youtube video.
Teaching and receiving information in this way is very stimulating and helps memorize new things when it’s a long study session. Now the best part about maintaining the diversity of your studies is that it helps you retain the information you are studying. Several studies have shown that spaced repetition is good but also changing the subject, unit, and scheduling of what you are studying helps.
2. Gamify your Study and Challenge Yourself
We tend to learn better with games, because they are fun, so it’s best to try to use resources that help turn your work into a kind of play. These might be puzzles, quizzes, and flashcards. It is also possible to write a paper to-do list, so you’re looking to cross out a task after you have completed it.
The concept can seem a little strange, but there are a lot of other benefits to turning your studies into a game. It is important that you look forward to studying, and games such as making flashcards or doing paper past questions, can be kind of fun, compared to reviewing lecture slides and taking notes.
Studying in this way can encourage you to work, maintain your interest, and not get bored in the long run. You can gamify your study to actually learn the content or you can also create your own version of the game by challenging yourself with your study habits.
For example, you can challenge yourself to study for the next hour or two to unlock a reward which can be either to grab a snack, get coffee or spend some time on your phone. These things help push you towards your goals and keep you engaged with your work. It can be really helpful as the whole study experience is some kind of game which you look forward to.
3. Listen to Music
Music can be a really good tool to keep you from getting distracted and bored. If you really need to work and you feel bored or unmotivated, it is probably best to listen to some music in the background, even if it’s a little distracting than not studying at all. Doing something is always better than doing nothing and once you get into the rhythm of studying with your music, it becomes something you know will help you get into the zone.
You can add music as part of your study routine and it may help you associate studying with something you are looking forward to. After all, tasks that might be inherently boring for you can be made more fun with music.
Listening to music without lyrics may be even better because listening to the lyrics and trying to read words at the same time can be distracting (but some people don’t have a problem with this). So do whatever you like, find something stimulating but not too distracting.
4. Change your Study Location
Sitting at the same desk and looking at the same wall every day for six weeks before an exam sounds terrible. You will probably get bored just because it is a repeated routine. Changing where you study can be a great way to shake things up a bit. Try studying outside, it can be very motivating because it is so different from what you are used to, and it can really give you a boost to keep going.
This can be in a public park, the library, or even an outdoor space. If studying in an outdoor space is not an option because you live in a place like the UK where the weather is usually unpredictable, you could try going to the library, a friend’s house or a coffee shop, any place to change your environment a little bit. You can even try to work in a different room in your house or in a common room.
You can also try empty lecture halls or just random rooms that you in the building, communal sitting areas, and lounges. Doing this can really help make a difference in your routine.
It helps not to get bored because you are exposing yourself to something new. Just a change of location can also be an incentive because getting up, getting dressed, organizing your bag then leaving the house and going to the library, for example, means that you will probably want to make the most of your day.
We also can’t forget the effect of being surrounded by other people who are studying like you which can be really motivating in itself. Seeing other people around you working helps put your mind in the right place and makes you want to do more.
5. Studying with Others
This is so motivating because you not only have to engage yourself in the work but you also have to engage others which will enable you to study for a longer period. It also holds you accountable for actually working because your friends will want to work and you will make the most of your time together.
You can also learn a lot from other people on your course, This type of group study really boosts your productivity and can prevent you from getting bored over long periods of time. If you see that everyone around you is studying really hard or taking a break, then you know that you will probably do the same as them. Thus, doing everything together as a community is a really good value.
When you study with your friends, you will find yourself taking on their healthy habits but be careful not to take their unhealthy habits or bad traits for study. Keep an eye out and do what suits you, or what you think you will benefit from.
If you find any of these tips useful, you can incorporate one or two of them into your study life. If you find something that works for you and you are happy to share with us, please do so in the comments below.