How to force yourself to study seriously: 10 steps (with pictures)

How to force yourself to study seriously: 10 steps (with pictures)
How to force yourself to study seriously: 10 steps (with pictures)

Have you ever found yourself putting off your job until tomorrow, when you know you should be studying instead? Do you sometimes feel confident that if only you could study a little more consistently, you would have great results? Well, you are not alone if this is the case. Most people sometimes have difficulty studying. But, how special you are, you will get there!


Part 1 of 2: Overcome Your Resistance to Study

Force Yourself to Seriously Study Step 01

Step 1. Stop what you are doing right now and start immediately

It's too easy to tell you I'll start in an hour and spend the time repeating it until you've finally wasted the whole day. If you have to study seriously, then don't put it off until tomorrow. Whatever you are doing, stop and go to a quiet, secure location with your work tools to get started. Don't hurt yourself by watching one more show, playing a video game, etc. The sooner you start, the faster you will finish, after which you will have more free time in the long run.

It is much harder to start doing something than to keep doing something. As soon as you pass the first resistance mark, it will be easier for you to continue studying

Force Yourself to Seriously Study Step 02

Step 2. Make the effort to start writing notes and making drafts

Drafts are easier to remember, and drafts are more fun. Suppose you have to remember World War I, so write down all the information you have on the subject in a draft. The first two minutes after you start studying are essential, as it is very easy to give up during this time. Immediately start writing notes if you want to avoid this, even if they are not good notes. As soon as you have progressed (even if it is only a little), you will find that it will be much harder to stop than when you have not made any progress.

Remember that you can always go back to the notes you wrote before if you find that they are not helping you

Force Yourself to Seriously Study Step 03

Step 3. Find motivation

The mind is an important factor in determining whether or not your study session was successful. Fill up on energy from the start and stay pumped up during your work sessions. Here are some suggestions on how you can stay motivated. Only you know which technique will work for you.

  • Change your study setting often. You shouldn't end up boring your surroundings.
  • Listen to a speech that inspires you.
  • Walk around, play leapfrog or sudoku, etc.
  • Listen to music that gets you excited - the kind of sounds you would listen to before a sporting event.
Force Yourself to Seriously Study Step 04

Step 4. Promise Yourself Rewards

It is easier to study when you know that a reward is waiting for you at the end. Condition yourself for success by creating rewards for yourself, for after you've studied of course. For example, if you like sweets, promise yourself after your rewarding session to drop by the local creamery for a little treat.

Force Yourself to Seriously Study Step 05

Step 5. Share your study plan with others

When all the other tips don't work, let shame motivate you! Tell all your friends that you plan to study for a really good grade on the next exam. The fear of embarrassing yourself by not taking your studies seriously can be extremely motivating and as you approach the exam you will feel the pressure of studying, which will make it easier for you to tackle it.

You can still tell your friends that you want to study in a group with them. Thus, you will either have to work (with friends who can keep you focused) or not keep your commitment. Either way, your friends will know

Part 2 of 2: eliminate all distractions

Force Yourself to Seriously Study Step 06

Step 1. Make time to study

During your study sessions, you need to be fully in what you are doing. If you are torn between your studies and for example a TV show, an office job or whatever, you will not be able to get much out of your session. Make sure you can actually study by setting up reasonable working time that will only be for studying and nothing else.

Depending on the amount of work you have, you can schedule a one-time study time or set up a long-term schedule. The second option is preferable, because over time you will become accustomed to a given study hour

Force Yourself to Seriously Study Step 07

Step 2. Find a place where you will not be distracted while you study

Unfortunately, many people either do not give themselves enough time to study or waste that time by letting distractions distract them. Make sure your study setting does not contain anything that may have been a distraction in the past. This implies that you will need to find a quiet place away from any distractions such as TV, social media, online entertainment, video games, etc.

If during your study session you find yourself using the internet and you are afraid of being tempted by online videos and games, then consider using a free productivity extension for your browser. These applications will allow you to temporarily block certain sites, which means that you will not be able to access them during your study session

Force Yourself to Seriously Study Step 08

Step 3. Use neutral sound effects or music as you like

For some people, silence is itself a distraction. If this is your case, then you can try some white noise or some music during your study session. Music can have a motivating effect on some people, allowing them to stay focused when they normally wouldn't. Others prefer to study in neutral noise (a constant, indeterminate noise such as the sound of waves or rain), as this allows them to eliminate distraction while remaining focused and relaxed. Most importantly, no matter how loud you study, it shouldn't distract you. If you catch yourself singing instead of focusing on work, then you need to cut that music off. Only turn it on when you feel the need to.

Force Yourself to Seriously Study Step 09

Step 4. Stay away from anything that might cause you to procrastinate

It may be necessary to take the bull by the horns and eliminate from your life, temporarily (or even permanently), anything that prompts you to procrastinate. For example, if you have trouble studying because you have become accustomed to gaming at the expense of your work, leave your console at a friend's house for the weekend so that you can study properly. If that still keeps you from focusing, consider selling it. While it can be painful, removing the root cause of what initially distracts you can pay off in the long run.

Force Yourself to Seriously Study Step 10

Step 5. Exercise, eat, and rest before you go to school

The physical distractions of fatigue, lack of rest, and hunger can be as serious a barrier to studying as a mental distraction. In order to be in perfect shape for studying, be sure to meet your physical needs before you begin. Eat a healthy and balanced diet throughout the day. Get some exercise and sleep well the night before. Taking care of your body by doing all of this gives your brain its full potential to process new information.


  • Make sure your head is rested while you study. Avoid thoughts that could influence your emotions.
  • Take short breaks during your sessions to clear your mind.
  • Master the basics and praise yourself when you find a good answer. Learning is not an end, but rather a process.
  • Be organized. This will allow you to be more focused and also calmer.
  • Always carry enough pens and pencils with you.
  • Reward yourself when you pass tasks or find an answer to a difficult question.
  • Several schools have study groups. Remember to register if you have trouble understanding a subject. Studying with other people is more fun and more effective.
  • Buy inexpensive review books. In these books, the main outlines of the courses are summarized, which makes them more understandable.
  • When you memorize, record the answers you have kept in mind and listen to the recording again before going to sleep. This will allow you to better review what you have been studying.
  • Ask your parents to help you by getting them to listen to you as you try to teach them something you have learned. It will help you understand it better when you feel like someone understands you and can help you correct yourself.
  • Tell your parents not to allow yourself to do something you enjoy until you reach your goals. For example, no outings allowed until you fully understand your course.
  • Use a flowchart or diagram to keep in mind the key points of a specific topic.
  • Try to spend three hours each day studying.
  • If you don't feel like studying or classes tire you out, drop everything for FIVE minutes and then get back to work. Do not exceed five minutes.
  • Don't work too hard, but work seriously, even if it's only for a little while.
  • It is by forging that you become a blacksmith, train yourself as it should to achieve your goals.

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