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This week’s question is about a really important subject that I’ve rarely gone into too much detail over in this blog.

No matter how hard I try, I just can’t get into the habit of studying. I always get distracted by other stuff. I know it’s supposed to get easier when it’s a habit but I can’t even get into it for a week straight. What should I do?
-L.

I’d start by verifying you have clear goals. Why do you even want to study? If you can’t give an emotionally compelling answer to that question then start there. People don’t do unpleasant things that they kind of want to do. People only do unpleasant things when they have a damn good reason. You need to find a good reason.

That subject can be dense as hell. It’s probably the bulk of your problem. People that have a really good reason end up doing what they have to do. This can be kind of tough to develop the answer to though. I feel like there is always a way but it requires time and creativity. There are other short term fixes as well but eventually you should be solving this problem.

In the short term, make your study routine as easy to follow through with as possible. If you are trying to develop a study routine that includes 2 hours of studying a night then it’s no surprise you’re struggling to do it. Even the most disciplined person in the world would dread that prospect. That’s part of the reason why I recommend a 15 minute a night study session on this blog. The shorter a study session is going to be, the easier it is to get started.

While I recommend 15 minutes of studying a night, while you’re trying to develop the habit of studying, you could make that study session even shorter. If you can get yourself to study 5 minutes every night then you’ll be better off. Heck, if you can get yourself to take out your textbook, turn off your distractions, and sit with the textbook for 30 seconds, you’re going to find it a whole lot easier to start studying. Make the habit as simple as you have to make it get yourself to follow through. Later you can worry about making that habit more useful.

It’s hard to completely start a new habit. It’s much easier to change a previous habit a little bit. Once you start studying 5 minutes a night, adding an extra 5-10 minutes to it is much easier.

Of course, there is no guaranteed way to get you to follow through with the habit. If reducing the habit doesn’t help you follow through with the habit then you might be having one a different kind of problem. Motivation is my first instinct but you might have picked a poor time and place to study. Keep your eyes open for ways to make the habit harder and harder not to develop. If you can get through that first week, it will just get easier from there.

Do you want to know how to study in less than 15 minutes a night? That’s what this blog is all about. Be sure to follow and check out the archives to get all the details. Also, be sure to check out the ebooks in the sidebar.

Q/A – How To Make Studying A Habit

A B&C Students Guide To Mercilessly Crushing A Students At Their Own Game (While Laughing Your Way Towards The Ivy-League)

Are you smart but getting meh grades?

The smartest students are often the ones the school system leaves behind. It’s easy to motivate a half-wit (or even almost-wit – like a horse with a carrot dangled in it’s face to get it running. Giddy-up horsey!

You would never fall for that, right? Then this is for you.

It’s easy to procrastinate when you’re getting a raw deal. That’s the smart thing to do.

Academics is a game – and its prizes are good. Really good! There is more to the story than that though. What do you have to do to get that prize? And that matters even more than the prize. Study 18 hours a day for straight-A’s and a high-paying job someday in the distant future? Ughhh… Not me. That’s for sure.

I scored near the top of my college Engineering class while studying less than 15 minutes a morning. And seriously, I don’t sound like a super genius, do I?

Hint: I had barely scraped a 1.0 GPA in high school and I wasn’t skipping and having fun with friends either – I was… dare I say… trying my best.

Big Tip: trying doesn’t matter unless you’re experimenting or already using an effective strategy. Trying without an effective strategies is a waste that can plop your grades in the stinker. First step – STOP TRYING with ineffective strategies.

You got that?

Look… I’m a bit crazy. I get it. I’ve read hundreds of books on grades, learning, and memory. I spent sleepless nights studying obscure academic journals. I swear, I even read the book “How To Read A Book” and didn’t have to drink alcohol to do it!

WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF!?

You wanna’ know why?

Don’t tell anyone but… I care. I was emotionally crippled by the school system. I had heartless, lazy, and downright mean teachers (and a couple good ones that couldn’t help.) It took years for me to untangle their mess…

And I went to college and beat them at their own wretched game. Top scores. Easy studying. Time to make friends and impress the ladies. (You know… the important stuff!)

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It gets you to focus your energy on the most important aspects of grades – giving you leverage on the system.

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It takes the latest in academic research on memory and puts into your hands, the exact memorization strategies that a Purdue Professor proved can let someone memorize 2.35 things for every one they’re memorizing now.

And this isn’t about “working harder” – and it’s not about “working smarter” either. (I cringe every time I read that phrase.)

It’s about working only when it matters most and creating the habit of motivated and effective learning.

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4 thoughts on “Q/A – How To Make Studying A Habit

  • March 8, 2021 at 9:42 pm
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  • August 30, 2015 at 12:02 pm
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    For me, when I find myself getting distracted while studying I just move myself farther away from the distractions. It’s hard to get distracted when I’m studying at the library. (It’s a lot easier to stay disciplined before you study than while you study.)

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    • March 1, 2016 at 7:11 am
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      Mango Yes, of course! And for the reocrd, I have a Japanese friend who speaks French with hardly any Japanese accent and she learnt it for 4 years in uni. Considering you have English as a foundation, it would be even easier for you! Bonne chance!

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  • August 15, 2015 at 12:48 pm
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    I should try that 5 minute a night thing to get better on my habits. That might work.

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