How to start studying?

by Will Martins/ Updated September 21, 2018

If you feel the inner fear when it comes to studying and you immediately start thinking of different excuses when someone mentions essay or exam, this article is for you, my friend! In fact, it’s hard to believe but you can even enjoy the time spent hunching over the books; you just need to know how to do it.

study is a problem

A lot of us perceive studying as something you need to get through to finally become free and go have a real life. Moreover, over the years, it becomes even harder to take pleasure in learning, as you’ve already created your ‘hostile’ mind set. Certainly, all people are different, and what works for me may not be as helpful for you. Still, all’s fair in love and study.

Study is

It is a well-known fact that your surrounding influences your mood, so make it clean and fresh. Atmosphere is especially important when you have a lot of assignments ahead of you. So, open all the windows 30 minutes prior to studying and air the room. Meanwhile, you can dust your working surface and remove all the unnecessary stuff. When your space is a mess, it’ll make your mind as messy. I would also recommend having a glass of water on your table (there’s nothing more important than staying hydrated, right?).

staying hydrated

You understand yourself better and you know how you usually prefer to work. Do you enjoy challenges tied to time? Set your clock on the time frame you’ve chosen and start working from the very first second. I’m sure the desire to do everything in time will trigger the productivity. If you are more of a relaxed learner, don’t hurry, divide the information into parts, and try to analyze each part scrupulously. In this case, you need to make sure you start really early, so you have enough time before the deadline.

Study for ten minutes

Diversity is important, so try to utilize different study methods. Use audio materials, make a list of key points, and attempt to paraphrase some part of the information to realize whether you really understand it. FYI: there are multiple learning games and techniques and hundreds of TED Talks videos on various subjects. There is no point in being restricted by the course books, expand your limits. In case you’re tired, some physical exercises will do even better work than your Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino from Starbucks (isn’t it delicious though?).

is netflix studying

Team player or a solo runner?

        Invite your friends over, so you can study together; usually, it implies a lot of fun. You can ask each other questions, share ideas, and help understand complicated information. At long last, you can even cry on your friend’s shoulder, he won’t judge. Still, I know from my own experience, there are a lot of people, including myself, who prefer to study alone, when there is no one to disturb you. They usually prefer silence or chill out music over random noises. If you are the same, don’t be afraid to tell your friends you like to study on your own. By the way, library is the perfect place for you with the librarian shushing all the time. Silence, please!

when I study with my friend

Finally, accept your failures and realize that it’s not the end of the world!

The failed test, bad mark for the assignment, and missed deadline won’t influence your study as much as you may anticipate. Only hard work, perseverance, and diligence will make you a true professional, as we come to a university for a reason, and mainly it is knowledge. Trying to love the whole process of studying may take a while, but it’s all worth it in the end, I promise.