Has it ever occurred to you that you have to study a book that you find very boring? In short, you don’t have interest in studying the book.
Books like that make you feel sleepy when you actually force yourself to read them. You end up studying less, hence you know less and remember little.
This won’t help the issue but rather make the book more boring to you the next time you try pick it up to study.
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Imagine a scenario where you have exams coming up very soon and you need to study that kind of book. That is when the real issue comes.
You may have found this article because you have a boring material to study for exam.
The truth is there is definitely a way to study boring subjects/materials/course without actually getting bored. I am going to show you to powerful and proven tips to study boring books and remember more.
This article is for you if you have been searching for:
- How to study boring subjects
- How to study boring materials
- How to study without getting bored
Let me quickly remind you that some students still study these so-called boring books and pass their examinations excellently. This, I will use to remind you that there are some tips you can use to study boring books and understand everything!
But, here’s the catch!
In this article, I am going to unleash to some secrets to you which you can always use to studying boring materials.
The truth is that there are actually no boring books. The books that are find boring are the same books some students find very interesting.
What I am trying to say is that, “What makes the book boring is actually inside you”. It may be your lack of interest or you are not just curious enough to know more about the book.
Some students claim Mathematics is very boring, others claim history is very boring. However, you will agree with me that some students still find these courses very easy and interesting.
Now, let’s assume that the book is boring to you.
- What do you need to study them effectively?
- How can you read, understand and remember what you read easily?
These are the questions you will find answers to in this article.
Without wasting your time, I will quickly expose you to some powerful tips to study boring books.
TIPS ON HOW TO STUDY BORING BOOKS AND REMEMBER MORE
- CHANGE YOUR MENTALITY
- BE ACTIVE
- TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS
- STUDY WHERE OTHERS ARE STUDYING
- SET TARGET GOALS
- FIND SOMETHING INTERESTING IN THE COURSE
- MAKE JOKES OUT OF THE MATERIAL
- TAKE SNACKS WITH YOU
- DO MORE RESEARCH ABOUT THE COURSE
- REWARD YOURSELF
Now, I will quickly explain these points. Get a cup of chilled water as I take you through the journey to study boring subjects effectively.
CHANGE YOUR MENTALITY
Abilities are inbuilt but your MENTALITY can improve/limit your ABILITY.
You can’t call a book boring and expect it to be interesting. Even when it is interesting, you unknowingly keep ignoring the interesting part of the book.
If you want to read the so-called boring books, then you need to stop calling them boring. Change your mentality about that book today and you will be amazed at how interesting that book is.
Active reading has been proven to be one of the most effective reading strategy. It is a very effective study strategy you can use to study boring materials and remember more.
Below are some tips to study actively:
- Highlight important points
- Read out loud
- Write it down in your own words
TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS
Another important tip to take note is, “Taking breaks while studying”. Reading for 10hours non-stop may not be effective! It is better to read for an hour, take a break and then continue for another 1-2hours.
Trust me, this is more effective that trying to read everything without stopping.
The more you force yourself to read a book you don’t find interest in reading, the more likely you are going to lose interest completely soon.
Learn to take short breaks while studying. It helps you to stay focused for longer hours and still remember more.
STUDY WHERE OTHERS ARE STUDYING
You are likely to study more when you see others studying. This is why you need to consider studying around other readers.
In my article on “How to study for JAMB and pass easily”, I mentioned that your study environment can make a huge difference in the way you study.
You should consider studying a boring book in the library where you can see others reading too. This will help to motivate you more. Hence, you read more, know more and develop interest in it gradually.
SET TARGET GOALS
Your goals determine how far you go. If you are not determined, then reading may be difficult.
Set Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART) goals. The truth is that you can do it better than you are doing it.
You may not realize this until you put in more effort, become more committed to reading and compare yourself to where you were yesterday.
FIND SOMETHING INTERESTING IN THE COURSE
Every course/subject has something interesting about it. It is your duty and responsible to find this and love the course for it.
To develop interest in a course, the tips below will help.
- First, assume it is interesting and you just haven’t discovered what’s interesting about it.
- Secondly, spend more time trying to learn it. Read more, more and more until you discover the interesting part of it.
Gradually, the so-called boring course becomes very interesting to you.
Before, I used to find Biology very boring (because of too much story). I preferred Chemistry and Physics because they had lots of calculations.
Then JAMB came and I had no choice than to pass Biology too. So, I spent more than reading it and it was really easy. Now, Biology is one of the course I like most.
I was able to overcome my lack of interest in Biology, so can you!
MAKE JOKES OUT OF THE MATERIAL
The way you approach the content of the book is another factor you need to consider. If you make jokes out of a course/material, it becomes less boring to you.
You may decide to tell your friend about what you think is wrong about the sentences in the book.
You may want to make funny names out of the content of the book. Tell yourself or your friends about it and you will definitely remember more.
TAKE SNACKS WITH YOU
This is another useful tip you should consider. I won’t talk too much on this, I believe you should understand what I am trying to say here.
Biting on something edible can help you to read more without actually getting bored. You shouldn’t really focus too much on what you are eating.
Just keep your focus on the book while you keep skimming/scanning/reading the content of the book.
DO MORE RESEARCH ABOUT THE COURSE
Like I have said earlier, the more you read about a course, the more you know about it. The more you know about it, the more you are likely to find interest in it.
If you limit yourself to the material/book you have with you, you may find it difficult to properly understand the course.
This will lead to loss of interest and you will start thinking the course is boring (which is not true). You need to do more research about the topic.
Search online for more information. Read everything you find interest in about the topic (even those you think you may not need).
This will help you to discover more interesting things and will also help you to understand and know better.
Telling yourself, “I will reward myself with….” is another important morale booster you can use to study boring materials effectively.
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Now, it is your time to take actions. All the tips I have mentioned to far will help you study boring subjects without actually getting bored.