Best Ways to Learn Boring Subjects
- Nov 16, 2015
Are you a school student? If yes, you got to share this secret with us today. Which is that subject that you find really boring, and you have little choice but to learn it? Maybe, while studying this subject, you have stifled yawns for a minimum of seven times – and yet you are struggling on with it because you know that you must learn it.
This rings a bell and as I take a stroll down the memory lane, I am reminded of that difficult subject in school that I was truly scared of – Chemistry!
No matter how hard I worked, Chemistry continued to be a mystery for me, which is why I had termed it as boring. I was terrible in balancing the chemical equations or memorizing the complex formulae of the compounds. Be it the Periodic Table or Organic Chemistry, I failed to master the concepts. The subject had scared me to such an extent that I refused to appear for the Chemistry board exams when I was in the 10th standard!
However, little did I know then, that the biggest mistake students could make is to believe that a particular subject is ‘boring’.
For that definitely makes the attempts of learning the subject tougher. When you have already decided that your lesson is boring, you would realize that you are finding it even more challenging to learn it. The lectures turn boring for you, and so do the exercises.
Why Must you Learn Boring Subjects?
Generally, students tend to learn boring subjects much less as compared to the other subjects. Because, the easiest solution to avoid boring subjects is: to ignore those subjects and ‘move on’.
But, is it indeed possible to skip the seemingly boring subjects and move on to the more interesting ones?
I agree you must be passionate about the subjects you learn. Having said that, avoiding the so-called boring subjects is not a wise idea at all. First of all, you must develop a mindset that drives you to accept everything that you come across as important and give your best shot in understanding its basic concepts. You must tell yourself, “I must learn History even though I fear it, because it shall help me acquire knowledge.”
For instance, you are in your senior level school.
You are required to select certain subjects in your Plus Two level that can help you decide upon your future career. Now, in order to do so, you must study certain subjects that might not be appealing to you. Suppose, you love Science and wish to pursue it in your higher education as you wish to become a doctor.
But, you are scared of Chemistry as you find it difficult and boring.
If you embrace Science in your Plus Two level, there is no way you can avoid studying Chemistry even though you might not like it. Therefore, you need to be flexible enough to accept that learning boring subjects would help you achieve your goals in the long-term.
Even college students are forced to learn skillsets that seem boring to them, just because they are making efforts to earn their bachelor’s or master’s degree in a subject that is dear to them.
How can Students Learn Boring Subjects?
Are you finding it tough to learn a particular subject, dear students? Firstly, you need to ask yourself as to why you have been finding a subject boring. Is it due to the fact that it seems difficult?
Let me offer you an example.
A majority of students find Math to be an immensely boring subject. Let me tell you, it is just a ‘conceptual difficulty’ that you might be experiencing. Subjects like Math and Physics can be learnt successfully only if you are equipped with a strong foundation in these subjects. In other words, you must get your basics right if you are willing to ‘enjoy learning Math’!
Let us learn some of the best ways to learn boring subjects and also fall in love with them.
#1. Know the Context Well
There are some Math teachers who commence their sessions by jotting down complicated formulae on the blackboard; and explaining how these formulae are implemented into the various Math problems in a particular chapter.
This could lead to a build-up of facts that could make it hard for some students to memorize the information.
Great teachers always make it a point to start their classes differently. The first thing they do after enter their classes is: ask students about why they feel studying a certain subject is essential. Next, they choose students randomly and ask them to answer questions. Once the students have expressed their thoughts about the subject that they are about to learn, these teachers start offering their feedback on the views of their students.
You need to be determined to understand what makes the subject interesting.
Why not ask your teacher about the same? I am sure he would let you know what makes the subject unique and so interesting!
Students can also request teachers to introduce them to the basic concepts of a subject before proceeding with imparting knowledge upon the same. This is especially true in the case of learning Physics, Math and other Science subjects.
#2. Make Mental Pictures
Difficult subjects become easier to manage in no time if students know the effective learning techniques.
One such easy way to learn boring subjects is to visualize the concepts and make mental pictures of the ideas that need to be learnt. Make up stories about the topics you might be learning too, if that makes things less complicated for you. Do you know why visual elements accelerate our power of learning?
It is simply because learners remember imagery much better than abstract information.
If you use imagery to learn your lessons, you would discover the ‘fun element’ in your subject, maybe the very subject that you find boring and lifeless. This is one of the main reasons why teachers must utilize a great deal of graphics, photographs and pictures while explaining lessons to students. When teachers are creative with their lessons, students develop a curiosity to know more about their lessons and end up loving them.
Trust me, employing mental imagery and mnemonics makes the most boring subjects really interesting.
#3. Utilize the Knowledge
Subjects become boring when you are too lazy and don’t care about utilizing the knowledge that you have just imbibed in the classroom. You spend a large amount of time in studying, but all in vain, as you can hardly remember the definitions or theorems associated with the subjects.
The trick is to use the knowledge that you have received, in circumstances beyond your learning environment.
If you do not do this, the major portion of the knowledge that you have imbibed might be forgotten by the time you graduate! Or, the knowledge simply turns into a long-lost memory that you had once carefully preserved in your mind. So, you need to practise what you learn, if you are keen to retain your lessons forever.
For instance, you can start working on a project that deals with the concepts that are similar to what you have been learning.
You can request for your teacher’s permission to work on it during the free time in your school. Or, you might also prefer to try your hand at it while you are at home.
#4. Eliminate Distractions
When a particular subject does not interest you, you would discover that multiple forms of distractions threaten to disrupt your attention. You might have an urge to check your ‘notifications’ or the ‘chat-box’ of a social networking site in the midst of your Math assignment.
Or, you might experience a strong desire to read a few pages of your favorite novel while you are trying to memorize important dates in History.
Distractions have become more common today, thanks to the tech-savvy generation. Students are glued to their smartphones, tablets and laptops, checking out apps, surfing through websites or exchanging messages with their friends. The attraction to technology is so strong that students don’t hesitate to check their cellphones even in the midst of deep study sessions.
However, if you are serious about learning a subject that appears to be boring for you, eliminating the possible distractions is one of the most significant things that you cannot afford to forget.
Choose a room for studying that has the least number of distractions.
Log out from the Internet services of your device if you are using your computer while learning your lessons. And, avoid studying in a room that contains a television set!
#5. Always Stay Energized
Do you feel exhausted just fifteen minutes into a lesson? Be cautious, for lack of energy can make most subjects seem boring!
As a result, memorizing facts might seem to be an uphill task.
Firstly, you need a good night’s sleep so that you do not feel sleepy while you sit down to revise your lessons or learn dates or formulae. Try to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night, and go to bed early. Also, do not make attempts to study when you feel drowsy. For, your brain would not be able to register what you learn.
Sit down to study only when you feel refreshed early in the morning.
Always choose the time when you are more alert, for the purpose of studying. Make sure you do not eat too much of junk food, and instead, invest in healthy foods. You can include fresh fruits in your diet. Some energy drinks could help you stay refreshed, but for a very short duration, so it’s best you avoid them.
Take breaks every forty-five minutes, for about ten minutes. You would feel refreshed, ready to feed your brain with new information.
#6. Teach your Friends
Unable to understand the concept of electromagnetism? Or solving the Calculus problems? Are you tired of learning by heart the theorems in Physics time and again?
Why don’t you try teaching these concepts to your friends?
Ask your classmates and friends if they have been capable of grasping the challenging concepts taught at school. If they are yet to understand them, volunteer to teach them whatever you have understood. It would make the concepts much clearer to you.
Moreover, you would also come to know the problem areas in your lessons once you start explaining those lessons to your friends.
The concept of peer tutoring is quite popular nowadays. For, when students learn their lessons from people of similar age groups, they can relate to them more. Therefore it becomes easier for them to learn.
I hope my ideas would encourage you to start taking the seemingly boring subjects more seriously. Please do not try to avoid them, as it is great to welcome knowledge in all its forms. Wishing you all the very best in learning the subjects that don’t interest you much, dear students.
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