Studying: Why is it so boring?


Many of us find studying so boring. There are many reasons why it becomes like this. The usual result of being bored with your studies is that you’ll usually find it really hard to study. Thus, it will generate more problems with your grades and school. Furthermore, studies usually get hard throughout the semester, so you can get behind. Thus, this article will talk about the deep reason why studying becomes so boring and what we can do to fix it.

The most common reason why you do not want to study is that you are feeling that the topics you are studying are irrelevant. What this means is that it looks like what you’re studying doesn’t have any relevance to your current life, or your goals and dreams.

While this problem might seem really simple, there are multiple things to look out for. For starters, the feeling that what you’re studying is irrelevant has multiple reasons behind it, and only you can find out what that is so you can eventually solve the problem.

That’s the focus of this article. I would also like for you to check another article related to this topic. In that article, I talked about why a lot of people hate studying. It’s a good eye-opener because I’m talking about what’s currently happening in our environment. Here is the link: Does everyone hate studying?

Why is studying so boring?

As a general rule, the reason why studying is so boring is that people don’t see the relevance of what they’re studying in real life. This means that there are no concrete reasons why studying the topic is important. Usually, the topic and not studying itself is the reason why it’s boring.

This means that the problem is in the topic, not studying.

Let me give you an example. My cousin likes airplanes. When he talks and studies about airplanes, you can be sure that he will be 100% attentive and having fun learning. Now, if I started learning about airplanes, then you can be sure that I will be extremely bored with it.

Did you see the power of relevancy? The more you’re interested in the topic, the more you’ll likely study,

The usual issue is that what you’re studying is boring and not the act of studying itself.

If you let me study medicine, then I’m completely happy to do so. I will not be bored. But give that to someone interested in law and we’ll have a problem.

So one of the problems when it comes to love to study is the subject itself. Another is your dreams and goals.

Sometimes, what makes you study is your extreme desire to reach your dreams and goals in life.

For example, people who are in poverty are more inclined to finish studying and have honors because they believe that studying will give them a boost in their career which can lift them up in poverty.

When we learn about the importance of studying to our life, we tend to study more.

Here, I gave you a common misconception on why studying becomes boring. It is usually not the act of studying that is boring. The topic that you’re studying is the most common culprit.

Students get bored in studying because they perceive that the topic they are studying is completely boring. This happens because they are just not interested or they find what they’re studying irrelevant to their goals. Studying itself is not boring.

However, there are instances where studying is completely boring regardless of the topic. The reason for this is completely different since the topic is not involved.

The reason for finding studying completely boring is that there are just more fun things to do. Distractions are considered to be more rewarding than studying. These distractions make people want to do other things other than studying.

For example, gaming is a common form of distraction that would usually take students away from studying. The reason is that they just find gaming to be more rewarding than studying.

When you level up or win a match, there are immediate rewards we can have while gaming.

Compared that to studying which can take years just to reap its benefits.

In fact, if your goal in studying is to just pass your exams, then you are slowly getting bored with studying. You need to find a deeper reason besides passing the exam if you want to not get bored.

Another culprit is social media. I have experienced this myself. It is another form of distraction that can affect studies.

I can’t count the times I open social media browsing for hours wasting my time. Because it is more fun than studying, I neglected my studies in the past because of both games and social media.

These are things you have to look out for. Distractions are what keeps us away from studying. It makes studying boring because we always prefer immediate rewards compared to delayed rewards from studying.

But not everything is the student’s fault.

A reason for studying becoming boring is that the benefits of education are slowly diminishing. Someone who graduated a few decades back has more career opportunities than what college graduates have now. When students realize this, they could start questioning their need to study.

Just imagine how many college graduates don’t have a job related to what they studied. In the information age, this type of information can easily disseminate. When students hear this, it becomes disheartening to continue studying.

Some even have existential crises if they really want to continue studying. They feel helpless in our fast-changing environment which makes studying so boring,

How can I avoid being bored while studying?

The best way to avoid being bored while studying is to find out the root cause of your boredom. The root cause of your boredom might be that you don’t find the topic interesting enough, or you have a lot of fun things to do other than studying. Find the root cause so you can solve the problem.

I have already explained the three reasons why studying can get boring.

To give a recap, here are the reasons why studying becomes boring:

  1. The topic or subject and not the act of studying is boring
  2. There are many distractions that can make studying relatively boring
  3. The rewards of continuing to study becomes less and less

These reasons are important because we need to find which one affects us before knowing how to avoid being bored.

The best way to do this is by doing self-reflection. You can give a few minutes to your day where you’ll just be with yourself thinking deep what really makes you feel that studying is boring.

Grab a piece of paper and write down your question which is why you’re bored with studying and answer it in all honesty.

If you need a more detailed guide on doing self-reflection, then I recommend you to reach my simple but effective guide to personal reflection. Here is the link: How to Develop a Self-Reflection Practice.

But ultimately, find the most specific reason why studying gets boring. Then find the solution to the problem.

For example, if the topic I’m studying is boring, then that’s my problem.

I can handle that by trying to make the topic more interesting.

One example of how to make it interesting is to find a real-life application of the topic. For example, if you’re bored with math, then find things where you can apply math. It’s just a simple internet search away.

If your problem is distractions, then maybe you can try to temporarily remove the distraction so you can focus on studying. Remember that you’re doing this because you want to study for your future.

For example, if you’re addicted to social media, then you can deactivate your account or have an app blocker while studying. This makes sure that you won’t think of your social media while studying.

As you can see, it is very easy to avoid being bored once you find out the specific cause of the problem. This is way better than giving you tips or hacks because fixing the root cause of your boredom gives a more permanent result.

Jason

Jason Ong is a YouTuber and the one who owns this site. He shares what he learned with people and makes videos if necessary. He was a former lecturer. The things he taught are topics related to Clinical Laboratory Science or what others call Medical Technology. Right now, he is also working part-time in an app company as a production supervisor. You can visit his YouTube Channel on https://ongjason.com/youtube

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