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What do you do when you run out of steam and motivation to study?

Asked by MrGV (4152points) February 9th, 2010

How do you relight that fire in you to study?

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Drgrafenbergmd's avatar

I generally smoke during study breaks.

nimarka1's avatar

do something fun, that completely takes your mind off it for a bit…then get back to it.

TheJoker's avatar

…... the pub.

iphigeneia's avatar

Take a break for a short while to clear your head and reconnect with the outside world before you get back to the desk.

Just remember: short-term pain, long-term gain!

Ame_Evil's avatar

wha.. studying?

I only study under pressure, ie 2–3 weeks before the exams :D. Somehow that’s managed to get me to 2nd year in uni, but I doubt it’ll bring me a first honours.

UScitizen's avatar

Take a short nap. Get up. Take a shower. Start at the work again.

StephK's avatar

Personally, I like to take break opportunities to catch up on all the sleep I’m missing.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Take a break and exercise ;)

Cruiser's avatar

Take a short walk in the fresh air…change locations too. Go to the library or a coffee shop where you can get a fresh start. A little snack or cup of your favorite beverage will help get you going again too.

The_Idler's avatar

I give up, get a C, realise that I must not ever have a C after my name, (unless, by the grace of Her Majesty, for God and the Empire, preceding a BE), cram for one night, retake, get an A.

Did that on all of my exams so far.

aprilsimnel's avatar

CBE? Such small potatoes. Why not a peerage? Doesn’t Idler, Duke of Leighton Buzzard simply roll off the tongue?

phoebusg's avatar

Great question.

Generally productivity curves are short over time. You can only be at a high productivity level for an X amount of time, I’m at about 45 minutes – find your interval. After which I do something else – do some chores, exercise, but usually something physical because you were sitting down while studying – and you have a physical body that needs to move. If you don’t do that, you’ll only be more frustrated when trying to focus.

What’s more important to me is why – why am I learning this? My brain refuses to withhold information, well unless you beat it in there with countless repetition – unless that information is pertinent. So the simple answer is, making that information important, connecting with it. Thinking about it, making it a part of your mind – a resource. One way to do that is to connect with your identity, what you want to do with this knowledge, pretend you had to work on a problem tomorrow that depended on that – something in your line of preferred work.

Other tips, figure out a nutrition package that works for you. Omega 3’s for a stable competent brain among other things. Eat regularly but smaller portions to keep your blood-sugar stable throughout. Don’t forget, that big hunk of fat and tissue (brain) uses a LOT of glucose when thinking.
For me it seems to help a great deal to see a friend, even for 40 mins. Social time increases your happiness level substantially, then you can go back to studying. Don’t give in to hanging out more than that though :)

S’all. Oh, exams, they’re just lame ways to measure how your memory works, and whether you’re good at taking tests. Don’t take them too seriously – be prepared, but so because you find use for the material. Then, ace them anyway – or try, regardless, it doesn’t reaaally matter. What matters most is what you make yours in your mind, not your ability to prove it – but your ability to actually use it.

tamkli3's avatar

go and hang with your friends for a bit, get a laugh in and then go back and get to that studyin’! or watch a tv show and relax, then go back… but don’t get too caught up in the tv… thats why i generally just go and hang out with friends =)

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