DEAR GRANDDADDY- A Teen, Parent, and Educator Advice Column BLOG #94

Dear Granddaddy, what can I do to make studying more fun? Troy.

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Troy, I think all of us struggle some with studying at least time to time. I’m sure that every one of us can think of more fun things to do than study. However, if we want to get ahead, we’re going to have to do a little extra, and that includes studying.

So how do we make studying more fun? Well, one simple thing we can do is to listen to music while studying if it’s not too distracting. Now just because I’m saying a little light music may be a good distraction, it doesn’t mean that all distractions are okay. For example, if our phones are constantly ringing, that would be a huge, unneeded distraction, from which nothing good would come. So let’s turn off our phones while we’re studying.

Another thing we can do is take scheduled breaks, especially if we have a lot of studying to do. Very few people enjoy sitting at a desk for long periods of time. Heck, if we plan our breaks correctly, we can even schedule in some fun activities to do in between our studying, if we continue our studying and budget our time properly. The fun activity would register in our minds as being associated with studying, and thus studying would be thought of as more fun.

A trick I’ve used to make studying more fun, Troy, is thinking about the long-term benefits. Now I know that’s hard to do these days in our instant gratification culture, but if we learn about the secret, magical success powers of delayed gratification, then we will realize how the work, like studying, always comes first, before the reward. Google “The Marshmallow Test” and learn about how the little kids in this experiment, who held off on the small treat now for a larger treat down the road, were the ones who became successful.

So in the end, Troy, try to rearrange your environment to make it more enjoyable to study. Also, try to rearrange your thinking to make studying more fun.

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