What is an easy way to study without getting extremely bored?

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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The best way to study without getting bored is to vary how you study.

It depends on what you are studying, but there are some common denominators.  First of all, keep in mind that the trick to studying is to mix it up some.  If you study by sitting there reading, you are likely going to get bored.  So keep these things in mind.

1.  Check to see if you book has an online component.  If your book doesn’t have something, it’s possible the subject or class does.  Again, it depends on what you are studying.  Many publishers have videos, presentations, quizzes, and other material available online.  If you are studying for the SAT, I know you can find many online quizzes out there.  If you have a textbook, look for something online.   Try searching by subject even if your book or teaching doesn’t have something.  There are some on enotes, especially for books!

2.  Find a study buddy.  Choose carefully!  Pick someone you will actually study with, not someone you will get distracted by.  Having someone there to talk things through with, quiz you, and practice with can be helpful and avoid you falling asleep or zoning off.  When done correctly, a study buddy can help keep you accountable and keep you from getting on your phone or social media accounts every five minutes.

3.  Make flash cards.  This is so old school, but they really work.  You can use an app or make them online too, and save the environment.  You can also use scratch paper.  Write down the vocabulary word on one side of the card, and the definition on the other.  Go through the pile, and make an I Know It pile and an I Don’t Know It pile.  Then go back through the I Don’t Know It pile.  If you have a study buddy, you can do this in pairs.  This is a great way to force yourself to prove you do know something.

4.  Quiz yourself.  Write something down, use flashcards, go online, or just say things out loud.  Whatever it is, every now and then you should stop and quiz yourself.  It will reinforce what you are or are not learning.

5.  Take frequent breaks.  Believe it or not, you need to stop every 15 to 20 minutes and stretch.  Take a walk around the room or around the house.  Get some water or eat a snack.  A break is a break for your mind, and it gets the blood flowing.  It helps keep you alert, and maintains your focus.

sid-sarfraz | Student

Studying can be boring sometimes when not done by heart and concentration. When I study I get myself something to eat or drink like cold drink or coffee etc and turn on the music with low volume so that it just plays in the background but shouldn't affect my studying also. 

When studying our metabolism works fast and we need energy. You won't be bored if you keep on eating something with intervals and turn on low volume music. But do concentrate on your subject and not on song so keep the music low. According to me this is the way to study without being bored.

You can also study in the garden or any place that has nice views. Like beach or a park etc anywhere so that you can look at different people ans sceneriessceneries, or close your eyes and listen to birds when bored. 

Call your friend and invite her or him to study with you. Discuss Topics  with each other. 

ik9744 | Student

For me the best way to study without getting bored is to listen to music. While listening to music, you can enjoy songs while you study. This isn't a very good way to study for people who can't multi-task.

If you're studying for vocabulary, a good website to use is Quizlet. The website is basically an online flashcard with a game installed in it. If you're interested in games you can go check it out.

Since most people procrastinate until the last day to study, it'll just make you more bored everyday you decide to skip studying. For example, if you study for ten minutes a day on a certain subject prevents you from studying for one hour, six days later. Ten minutes of studying is a good time, that will make you be motivated to study while not letting you lose the grip of motivation.

There is some cases where you would need to procrastinate. When I procrastinate until the last day to study for a big test, I take a breaks from studying time to time. I usually go play basketball in my backyard or play some other games for a while. Then come back to it and review what I still know, and what I forgot over that time. This is a good trick to do, since you'll know what parts of the test you forgot. Then you'll need to study for the things you forgot again. 

The last trick I could think of right now is studying with a friend. Since you're talking to someone you're friends with you wouldn't really get bored that easily. This is a good trick IF you guys don't go off topic and talk about something else for the rest of the time. You guys could take some breaks and talk about other things, but make sure you're on topic 90% of the time.

I hope these studying tips would help you out!

rachellopez | Student

Sometimes studying can be tedious. I find that the best way for me to not get bored when studying is to take breaks and give myself rewards. For example, if I have 4 chapters in a book that I have to read, I will take a break after each chapter to do something I enjoy. This takes a bit of self control because you can't take too many or too long breaks or else you won't get anything done.

Also, having someone to study with will help because you can discuss your work with them. However, you can't get yourself off track! Either way, it is more fun then being in a room by yourself. Study with your friends early and get everything done, that way you have time to relax and have fun. 

thewanderlust878 | Student

As a current student myself, I completely understand the difficulty of trying to stay engaged while studying. Sometimes it seems near impossible!
However, I have found many different ways to combat boredom. These include:

  • Starting to study early - if you start to study a few weeks before the test or final, then you can allow yourself to only study for a few minutes each day. If you wait until the last minute, then you are forced to stare at your work for hours on end
  • Take frequent breaks - As mentioned in the above answer. I find this to be a great way to keep from getting too bored and straying from the task. This is also very good for your eyes and body as well. I suggest a 10 minute break for every hour of studying. 
  • Study with a friend - On that you trust to stay on task that is. If you find a reliable person you can get a lot done, and it makes it more fun than studying by yourself
  • Sometimes nothing works! On occasion you will get bored, or tired, and nothing will help. If this occurs, take a break and come back to it later