This student’s question is about a problem a lot of students have. It’s about how to feel like studying.
I just can’t get myself into the right zone for studying. I know I don’t study as well at certain times and I always catch myself skipping a day because of it. I get the impression that’s a major problem. Any ideas how I could get in the mood for studying more often?
A common mistake for students is thinking you have to be in the right mood for studying.
I know… studying is more efficient when you’re in that perfect zone but that perfect zone is a bit unpredictable. You can’t base your study routine on something as unpredictable as those feelings. As soon as you start letting off days control when you study and when you don’t, you’re going to have a whole lot of really difficult decisions to make.
It’s a whole lot easier just to get into the habit of consistently studying and having that decision made for you.
A funny thing happens when you start studying through the days you just don’t feel like studying. You’ll notice that those “don’t-feel-like-studying” days get farther and farther apart. The habit of studying will make it so your body feels like it prepares to study automatically before it’s time to study. On the days when you’re not really in the mood to study, you’ll often get in the mood within minutes of picking up your study material. When you get good at starting to study, you get good at getting in the zone for studying automatically.
When you have a good habit you won’t need to worry about how to feel like studying.
There are days when you might not study. You don’t have to be perfect but the more common these days become, the more you’re losing from your study routine. Missing one day a month is acceptable. You will have sick days or busy days that catch you off guard. That’s okay. Missing one day a week does some damage. It does more damage than missing 4 days over 4 months because it’s decreasing your ability to acclimate to the routine.
Starting to study is the important part. The mood is useful but it’s more bonus than a necessary ingredient.
Don’t worry about how you can get in the mood. Worry about how you can get yourself to study at all. What will it take for you to start studying consistently? When it comes to this question, virtually anything is better than nothing. If you can’t force yourself to study for a half hour every night then get yourself to study for 15 minutes. If you can’t do that, then get yourself to study for 5 minutes. The important part is that you can make whatever strategy you’re using a habit.
Don’t worry about figuring out how to feel like studying. Habit should be the goal. It will do more for you than feeling like it will ever do. Once you have a habit you can work on the details of how long you want to study to get the grades you’re looking for. The habit should be your major concern (short of rare late in the year verge of failure circumstances that I doubt you’re having.)
Do you want to know how to study in less than 15 minutes a night while scoring higher than 90% of the students in your class? That’s what this blog is all about. Check out the books in the sidebar to learn more. You might also be interested in reading the archives and following along with the thousands of other students learning to study less and score more.
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I had figured out the Holy Grail of academic optimization strategies – and every intermediate step to get to it. Using this strategy, I pulled a nearly 4.0 GPA while running a double course load in college – and once I started sharing it.
Droves of them.
And then teachers noticed.
Most of the teachers that were looking out for their student’s best interest got what I was saying and supported the cause. Others… well… not everyone has the student’s best interest at heart.
Early on (even before Smart Student Secrets,) I started writing for average students.
I knew… I was NEVER one of the “smart kids”. I was mediocre at best. And I knew, if these strategies worked for me then they could work for just about anybody. And that’s who I wanted to connect with.
But… There was a problem…
I built an audience giving these strategies away. Sure…
And I’d get messages from them. And we’d talk. And I’d hear their stories.
I’d hear from A+ students that cut their study time by 90%.
I’d hear from B students that took their grades up to A’s.
I’d hear from teachers that were sharing my strategies with their students.
I’d hear from older students how these strategies changed their life.
I love it. I love introducing these strategies that changed my life to other people.
But there was always this… but…
What about the C students?
What about the D students?
What about the students that are currently failing?
Sure… Some would reach out.. but…
They never followed through… They’d take a small step. They’d sign up. They’d learn some killer strategies. Seeing right there how powerful they were going to be…
And then… life kicks in. They lose sight of their goals.
And it’s gone.
Student’s came to this site to improve their life. They see the possibilities. But then… they move on.
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