There are several factors affecting your interest (or lack of it) when studying. It could be because of recent negative experiences. However, when you have reached this point, you can still keep studying even if you do not want to. Here is how:

The biggest thing I can say is do NOT solely focus on how long you study for. There’s a reason ‘work smart not hard’ is a cliche. If you make your studying more efficient you can get more done in less time.

Studying. TV suggests this free audio book which helps you improve your speed reading and memory. You can listen to it while you sleep and it has thousands of great reviews behind it: [Memory Hack] Twice the Results in Half the Time

That alone should be a game changer for most peoples studying.

Limit Your Session Length

The most important one. And for a reason.

If you feel frustrated or overwhelmed during a study session, it’s difficult to sit it out if you have two more hours to go. However, if you only have 15 minutes left until your next break, the world suddenly looks a lot brighter.

Limit your session time to 30 minutes per session followed by a short break.

Don’t Focus on Results

You’re in pain in a negative state. This is not the time to evaluate yourself nor progress. Do not demand improvement in this session. Just complete it. That’s your goal. Keep at it until your time is up.

Don’t try too hard. Don’t stress about the results. Results come slowly. They take time. For now, all you focus on is finishing your study time.

A Moment for Yourself

Although it may seem somewhat ‘new age’ I recommend that before each session you take a minute for yourself.

You shut your eyes and you remind yourself of:

Truths about learning (for example: without a challenge we can’t learn)

What you’re all doing it for (the goal of your study and your event-driven motive)

Inspirational quotes

Remind yourself of them before each session and every time you get stuck.

Accept Negative Emotions

When your negative inside forces overwhelm you, you need to accept them. If you can do that, they will lessen their grip on you. You will feel them less and they no longer order you around.

You can do what *you* want in spite of the negative feelings.

Accept them and let them be.

Vary Your Study Setting

One of my favorite techniques is to simply vary my study setting. In other words, pick a different study location. Don’t keep learning in the same old place. Keep it fresh.

Stand up Walk Around

When you are struggling with frustration, you can feel that energy in your body. You need to burn it off. Put on your MP3 player, use the audio from your main course, and get up and walk around. Yes, just stroll around a bit while you keep studying. It’s an effective trick to reduce the emotions that are bothering you.

Change Your Study Material

If you’re just starting, I recommend you focus more on your main course, but it can be very soothing to change it up a bit.

Go Outside

If you feel the need to blow off some steam, why don’t you go outside for a while? It’s good to breathe in some fresh air. Just take your MP3 player with you so you can keep studying.

Reward Your Inner Child

Much of our frustration and whining originates from deep inside of us. We are not as mature as we think we are.

So how do you make a child do something he doesn’t like?

Right, you give him a reward in return.

Reward yourself for completing your study time. The reward can be watching your favorite television show, eating a piece of chocolate, or whatever you like.

Source: 9 Ways to Keep Studying Even When You Don’t Feel Like it

The biggest thing I can say is do NOT solely focus on how long you study for. There’s a reason ‘work smart not hard’ is a cliche. If you make your studying more efficient you can get more done in less time.

Studying. TV suggests this free audio book which helps you improve your speed reading and memory. You can listen to it while you sleep and it has thousands of great reviews behind it: [Memory Hack] Twice the Results in Half the Time

That alone should be a game changer for most peoples studying.

This answer originally appeared on this Quora question on Studying.

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