How to enjoy studying?

A girl enjoying her studies.
Do you find study enjoyable? Or do you consider it unpleasant work that you try to avoid?"

Some persons who now enjoy study did not at one time. But they cultivated the ability to enjoy it. Most persons can do the same if they want to.

How? If you are a person who does not find joy in study now, what steps can you take to work toward that end?

And by study, we mean time spent studying on your own, apart from group or class studies.

Proper motivation


The first step in cultivating joy in study is perhaps the most important. It is having the proper motivation, having strong reasons why you should study. This will build up in you a desire to study.

In this regard the book Effective Study notes of its study suggestions:

It has been found that the student must sincerely desire to improve his study skills before these projects can be of much assistance. Mere exposure to such a program will not help him.”

If someone told you to dig a deep hole in the ground, but that you definitely would not find anything of value, would you enjoy the digging?

But what if you were guaranteed to find all the gold and silver needed to assure you financial security?

Your digging would be much more enjoyable because you would know it would be rewarding. You would have real motivation for digging.

Finding time to study


Instead of picking up study material at random, have in mind what it is you need to study. Plan definite times for the kind of study to be done.

Then the time spent will be more productive. Without such a plan, it would be like a carpenter hammering nails at random with no objective in mind.

But when study is mentioned, many persons say: “Oh, if only I had more time to study. I just can’t seem to find the time!

In today’s busy world, you will not likely find time that is not already being used. You need to determine that your study is so vital that you will take time from other activities.

First, analyze the time you devote to nonessential things. For example, if you have a TV set, how much time do you spend watching it?

How much time do you spend going to movies, making “small talk” over the phone, or in other nonessential activities?

If you actually wrote down the number of hours involved, you might be shocked to see how much time you really have.

This is not to say that proper recreation is wrong. Recreation adds to the enjoyment of life. But is such enjoyment so important that some of that time, if necessary, cannot be devoted to learning?

Working for a living, keeping house clean, and such activities are considered among the “essential” things of life

What is needed is balance. This certainly includes taking care of our families, our daily needs, and can include recreation as well.

True, if you are not used to a good study schedule, you may find an evening, or even two hours beyond your capacity.

Then, why not start with a lesser period, say a half hour? As you adjust to it you can lengthen the time so more is accomplished.

The key is not just setting the time aside, but sticking to it regularly. Let nothing but an emergency take you away from that period.

If people call on the phone, you can say you are busy, and then call back later. If they want to visit, you can suggest another time.

As others become aware that this is your time for study, they will respect it. So should members of your immediate family.

Then there are other periods that can be redeemed, such as when we ride a bus, subway or train, or are waiting for an appointment. Many use this time profitably to reading or studying.

It is far better to have regular daily periods, even if short, to read the than to wait for an entire evening that may never come. Even ten to fifteen minutes each day can be richly rewarding.

Some make this reading the first thing they do on arising in the morning. Others do this reading every night just before going to bed.

In conclusion


Remember that study should include meditation. Study without meditation is like eating without digesting. Hence, ponder over what you study.

Try to relate it to other things that you know. How does it affect your life? How can you use it to help others?

Learn to pay attention to details. Talk to others about what you learn. Share your new discoveries. This, too, will build up the delight you find in what you study.

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