A majority of students right now hate studying. In fact, it has been shown that 70% of people stop reading books after graduating. It is quite alarming to know that most of us don’t like to study. Because of that, we are going to discuss here why people don’t like to study.
The reason why people don’t like to study is that they don’t have a deep reason as to why they are studying. Furthermore, we are now being filled up with distraction that is much more rewarding than studying itself. Thus, most of us hate studying.
However, there are a lot more things to know about this topic. While I’ve already answered the reason why people don’t like to study, there is a much broader explanation on why this happens. This relates more to our psychology and we are going to discuss the topic in this article.
Why do some students hate studying?
Some students hate studying because they don’t see any relevance to the topic they are studying. The reason could be that they think that the topic is not in line with their goals and dreams, or that they think that the topic can’t be applied in real-life scenarios.
In studying, relevancy is important.
For example, most people hate math because they don’t see it as relevant in their life. Even if teachers would tell them that math is everywhere, they just don’t see its value.
In my case, I love studying math. The reason is that my teacher knows how to make it relevant to my life.
I remember that when we studied trigonometry, my teacher made it relevant to our life by making it interesting. They made us solve for the distance of something just by looking at the size of the shadow it gives.
For me, that is really interesting and I learned how good it is to learn the topic.
Now, let us look at the opposite on why do students hate math.
The most common reason is that they don’t see its relevance to the topic and what happens is that they learn to hate the topic.
Just imagine a math question in an exam about buying 100 watermelons. Who buys 100 watermelons anyway? Maybe you may buy that much for charity works or for business purposes, but most people can’t relate to that.
As you can see, relevancy is important if we are talking about getting students to like to study.
We should give them a deeper reason to like studying because if we don’t, they would just hate studying.
What I mean by a deeper reason is that what they’re studying should be seen as relevant to their dreams and aspirations in life.
For example, you should let them know that this topic is important for doctors if they want to be a doctor.
What currently happens is that the reason teachers give to their students to study is just to pass their tests and exams which is a very wrong thing to do. This reason is very shallow and would make them feel like they’re just being forced to study.
If you just force students to study, then they would start hating the subject.
That’s why in my other article on why do some people like studying, I emphasized the importance of relevancy to loving the thing they are studying. If you’re interested, here is the link to the article: Why do some people like studying?
But let’s move on to a deeper reason why students now hate studying. That is distractions.
The reason for this is distractions. What I mean by this is that they are finding way more rewarding things to do other than studying.
These distractions are way more fun to do than studying and would give them instant rewards.
For example, gaming is way more fun than studying. That’s why you’re going to see students who prefer to game all day, rather than to study for just an hour.
Our brains are more inclined to look for immediate rewards. Remember that studying has little to no immediate reward aside from passing the exams.
Studying is usually done to get a degree and to have a better career. That is years below the line.
Playing games on the other hand is fun right now. When they level up their character or won a match, the rewards are much more apparent than studying.
That’s why gaming can be a big problem to our productivity, including studying. We are just more inclined to getting immediate rewards than something that would be rewarding in a few year’s time.
Now, there is one last thing that makes students hate studying.
Before, studying is only for a selected few. This means that studying was once seen as a privilege.
Because of this, the value of education is seen as way more important compared to before.
When we see something as a privilege, we tend to value it more. The same goes for studying.
Right now, studying is quite common with almost everyone having the privilege to study.
That is not a bad thing. I believe that universal education is good. But what happens is that it loses its value to people.
That’s why you’re going to see documentaries of poor people who have no access to basic education more inclined to studying than people who are rich.
The reason is that poor people tend to appreciate education more than rich ones.
Because education is becoming common to people, it is now not considered a privilege, and people learn to just forego its importance. It is now something being forced upon and not something that people want.
Basically, what students lack is an appreciation for studying itself. That’s why most of them hate studying. Once we learn to see its relevance to our lives, we learn to love studying. We need to appreciate it if we want to learn to love studying.
Is studying supposed to be boring?
Studying is not supposed to be boring. The thing that makes it boring is that we fail to see its relevance to our everyday lives. When we see the topic as something important, or a topic that can be used in our daily lives, studying becomes much more interesting.
Now that we’ve discussed this topic on why students hate studying, we’re going to go for why studying is not supposed to be boring.
The reason why people see studying as boring is just that it is not relevant to their lives.
Sometimes, it happens because the teacher is not really interested in the topic, or they just teach for the sake of teaching.
In my example, students don’t care about buying 100 watermelons or giving 100 lbs of squash to others. It is not relevant to their lives.
They don’t care about integers, quadratic formulas, and much more topics. They don’t see the importance of subject-verb agreement or memorizing the meaning of words in a dictionary.
If you don’t give them a reason to study, a deep reason to study, then it would be boring for them.
For example, when we talk about the anatomy of the body, it would be boring if you just teach it with no real-world applications.
But if you teach it and telling how important it is to know your body, or how important this is if your dream is to become a doctor, then you’ll have students who would learn to love the topic.
Show interesting facts and real-world applications. That won’t remove the feeling of boredom when studying.
Instead of saying that water evaporates at high temperatures, show them steam after boiling water. That is not a waste of time.
If you’re a student, then find a reason to like the topic you are studying. You might just like the topic, or if you don’t find ways to get it in line with your goals.
For example, if you want to be a lawyer, then you need to know how to properly use grammar to make contracts, now the subject-verb agreement topic would be much more interesting because you know you can use it.
If you’re studying math, then it would be in line with your goals if let’s say you want to be an engineer.
Find a solid reason why you study and to pass the exam is not a good reason. Find a deeper one.
What to do if I don’t like to study?
If you don’t like to study, the best way to like studying is to find its relevance to your goals and dreams. Another way is to remove distractions that might seem more rewarding than studying. Finding the importance of studying and removing distractions are keys to liking to study.
As I’ve said multiple times in this article, the important thing is to find the relevance of the topic you’re studying.
If you don’t like what you’re studying, then find a reason to like it.
If you’re studying science, then think of its importance for your goals.
As an example, if you want to be a doctor, then learning about basic chemistry is useful since you need that in learning the use of medicines.
Furthermore, maybe you are very distracted by things around you.
You won’t really like studying if you are filled up with more rewarding things to do such as games or social media.
It is wise to learn how to control these urges. If you can’t it is not bad to try quitting for some time just to have a reboot.
It is important to know that your brain prefers immediate reward compared to delayed gratification such as studying.
So be aware of that. Awareness is also key.