A vital part of learning various concepts in school is studying.
The more that you study a subject, the better you’re able to retain the information.
A lot of studying is memorization based, which allows you to later easily recall the information and apply it.
The problem with studying is that it can become very boring.
Feeling as though the topic isn’t relevant or having a boring tutor can be some of the reasons why studying feels boring, but here are a few more.
Why Is Studying So Boring? (10 Possible Reasons)
The majority of studying focuses on repetition.
You’re reading or doing the same thing over and over.
If you’re studying for a history exam, for example, you have to read the same thing over and over.
You have to read over the same facts until they’re committed to your memory.
This can become quite boring since you’re not doing anything new.
Since the brain appreciates stimulation, it can find repetition quite unstimulating.
While the brain appreciates repetition and routine to a point, too much of it can feel dull.
The same goes for learning or studying math.
You end up performing the same problems over and over.
Even if there are different numbers associated with each problem, it’s still the same thing over and over.
Reading has its problem with repetition, too.
If your English class requires you to focus on certain concepts or aspects of a character, you have to remain focused on your reading.
You may need to read the same chapter, or even the same passages, a few times over to ensure you don’t miss anything.
Doing the same thing over and over helps you learn, but it can make the process feel very boring.
2. Performed Outside Of School
While there are times when you might be able to study in class, the bulk of studying happens outside of school.
This makes studying feel boring because it keeps students from being able to do activities that they want to do.
Students already spend a lot of time in school.
Depending on the school, they can even spend an hour or more in one particular class.
By the time school ends, students only have a few hours to themselves.
Not every student gets to spend that time doing what they want either.
Some help their parents by working.
Others have chores at home to help with a busy household.
Others have extracurricular activities like sports, band, debate teams, and other activities.
Students also need some time to hang out with friends and have a social life.
The problem is that the time they have to themselves becomes minimal when homework and studying get added.
They need to spend their limited private time studying.
When they hear their friends outside or get an invitation to hang out, students who have to study can feel left out since they’re going to miss the opportunity to spend time with their friends.
They end up comparing the fun they could be having with what they’re doing now.
That comparison can make studying feel quite boring.
3. No Immediate Rewards
A problem with studying is that students don’t receive an immediate reward for it.
They spend hours studying the topic or concept until it’s ingrained in their memory.
Then they go to bed, eat dinner, or perform some other task.
The knowledge may be in their heads, but there isn’t anything that’s encouraging it to stay in their minds.
There’s only the threat of a failing grade on the next exam.
In terms of rewards for studying, the best reward that a student can receive is a passing grade on a test or assignment.
Once they receive that passing grade and the class moves on to the next module, they might even forget the thing that they studied hard for in the first place.
Parents can sometimes make studying a bit more interesting by providing immediate rewards to their children after studying.
For example, they might be able to prepare practice exams or use the practice exams that the teacher provides.
They can then use those exams as a way to measure their child’s studying.
If the studying seems to be going well, reflected by a good score on a practice exam, the parent can reward them.
For example, the parent might be able to give them an extra dose of dessert.
They might allow their child to stay awake an extra hour or perhaps they’re allowed more time to play video games.
For more important exams, like final exams, the reward can be even greater.
The parent might take them shopping for a new video game or a new outfit for school.
Giving students an immediate reward after studying can make it more interesting.
The stakes are a bit higher for the student.
Another problem with studying that makes it feel boring is the fact that it’s often done alone.
When it comes to studying for a test or exam, you’re usually in your own space trying to memorize the things that you need to know.
You might need to read several passages, make notes, and then memorize those notes.
You might need to solve math problems over and over until you’ve memorized the formulas.
For some people, the only way to study well is to do it alone.
However, the problem with studying alone is that it’s a very solitary feeling.
You can feel isolated from everyone else.
This is especially true if your friends don’t have the same class and thus don’t have to study for a test.
They may be out and playing or hanging out.
Knowing they’re out there together while you’re alone studying can make the process of studying feel boring.
This can also occur if you have other siblings in the house.
If they’re attending school, too, but they don’t have a test to study for, you might hear them having fun.
That can make you feel further isolated since you’re unable to join in on the fun since you’re studying.
Studying feels even more boring when this happens.
A way to alleviate that feeling is to study with other people.
By making studying more interactive, you can learn the concepts a bit better while having a bit more fun with it.
You’re able to be social and memorize the things that you need to memorize.
You might even ask to study with a teacher or a teacher’s aide.
Even if they’re not your friends, studying with a professional can make the process a bit more enjoyable.
5. Boring Tutor
Studying can also feel boring when you have a boring tutor or group to study with.
For example, sometimes teachers will assign study groups.
As a group, you’re supposed to study and memorize the information provided to you.
The problem with study groups is that the group may be full of people that you don’t know or that you don’t like.
This can make it difficult to work together to study because no one feels motivated to work together.
As a result, everyone just ends up doing their own thing.
While other study groups may be finding ways to make studying more exciting and fun, you’re stuck in a group that is quiet and reserved.
On the other hand, you may have a tutor that your parents provide for you.
A tutor can help break down concepts and focuses you when you’re studying.
They can then test your abilities and how well you studied by giving you practice tests or extra problems to work through.
The problem with tutors is that they can sometimes be boring, too, which makes studying even more boring.
For example, they may have a very bland or monotone way of teaching.
They may be a bit too straightforward with their approach which can take a lot of the fun out of learning.
They might simply expect you to memorize one thing, then move on to the other.
The process becomes dry and uneventful.
On the other hand, if you have a tutor that helps you study in a way that doesn’t make it feel like studying, it can be far more enjoyable.
6. Boring Class Subject Or Material
Sometimes it isn’t the studying, itself, which is boring, but it’s the class or material that’s boring.
When you feel that a particular class or subject material is boring, then studying it is also going to be boring.
For example, if you don’t particularly enjoy the book that you’re reading in English class, doing any sort of work for it isn’t going to be interesting.
The problem with not enjoying the subject material is that you have to continue to study it even if you don’t like it.
Since you don’t have an interest in it, it can be difficult to maintain focus on it.
That means studying takes even longer since you’re not focused on learning.
The same thing happens with other class subjects.
For instance, maybe you dislike math as a whole.
Studying for math class can then be extremely boring since it requires you to do something you don’t like over and over.
It takes something repetitive and forces you to do it until you’re able to do everything from memory.
The fact that you don’t like the material makes it even worse since there’s nothing to engage your mind.
If you liked the subject material, at the very least you might find certain parts of studying it fun or interesting.
A way you might be able to make studying more enjoyable for a subject that you don’t enjoy is to understand why you don’t like the subject in the first place.
If it doesn’t seem relevant to your life, you should dig a bit deeper and see how it can relate to your life.
If it’s just too repetitive, look for ways to change things up.
7. Boring Presentation
Studying can also be boring when it’s presented in a boring way.
For example, most of the time, you have to read something on white paper with black ink.
Even if you’re solving problems, it’s usually on white paper with black ink.
That can make studying boring because it makes the subject so lifeless.
A better way to study is to make the subject’s presentation more interesting.
One way to do that is to use colorful notecards or colorful ink.
When you’re taking notes, you can help organize things a bit better by writing with different colors, for example.
Your mind might find it easier to grasp certain information or categorize it when the information is color-coded.
At the very least, it gives your mind something colorful and interesting to look at instead of black on white.
You can also make your information more visual if you prefer visuals.
For example, you can use flowcharts to organize your information.
As one concept flows to another, it may be easier and more enjoyable for you to understand how each concept relates to the other.
The visual representation of the information is more enjoyable to study since it isn’t just black text on white paper in paragraph form.
You can even apply this idea to math problems.
Something as simple as using colorful paper instead of white paper might make things a bit more interesting.
Instead of numbers on paper, you can also use pieces of candy to work out the problems.
Dessert is far more interesting to think about and consider than just stale numbers on paper.
By making the presentation of the information a bit more fun and interesting, you can make studying more fun.
Otherwise, studying is sometimes boring because its presentation is bland and dull.
8. Subject Doesn’t Seem Important
One reason why studying can feel boring is that your mind doesn’t deem it important.
You only have so much energy to spend.
Energy often goes hand-in-hand with focus.
When you’re studying after a long day at school, a lot of your energy and focus is already gone for the day.
That can make it difficult to bring that focus to studying.
The problem becomes even worse when your brain doesn’t find the particular subject that you need to study important.
For example, if you know that you’re never going to use calculus in your day-to-day life, you don’t have an interest in learning it.
You’re only learning it because the school told you to.
Since you’re not going to need calculus to work or live your life, your brain doesn’t see it as something crucial to remember.
It will want to focus on things that are more interesting and relevant in your life.
You then have to forcibly return your thoughts to the task at hand.
You may also feel that the subject isn’t important because it doesn’t pertain to an exam or your final grade.
It may be extra credit or something that only applies a small amount to your overall grade.
Since it doesn’t impact you in any great way, it doesn’t feel that important.
Since it isn’t important, you don’t have a sense of urgency to learn about it in too much detail.
The brain is a crowded place full of information.
Since humans can only recall certain amounts of information at any one time, thanks to the limited amount of space in the brain’s short-term memory banks, it may not encourage you to learn information that you don’t feel is critical.
A way to get around this is to try and make the information relevant to your life.
You can frame the problems or subjects around things that are important to you.
For example, you can relate math problems to goals you have in your life.
You can study calculus by taking the problem and applying it to your own life.
The same goes for learning history or concepts from English.
You can relate the subject to your current life and make it seem more important than it actually is.
9. Studying Process Doesn’t Match Learning Style
Another problem with studying is that the primary way that it’s done is through reading and memorization.
For math, it’s a constant repetition of doing math problems or memorizing formulas and how to apply them.
This doesn’t work for everyone.
Students tend to learn best in different ways.
Learning styles are a particular method in which information gets presented.
If a student has a reading and writing learning style, for example, they learn the best when they’re able to read or write something out.
Other students have a visual learning style.
They’re able to understand concepts better by looking at diagrams, charts, and graphs.
There are also those who are kinesthetic learners.
They learn best by touching and manipulating things.
Studying isn’t always easily applied to each different learning style.
Because of that, it can be difficult to memorize the information as needed.
Its presentation can also seem boring to someone because their minds don’t like to learn in that way.
By finding a way to present the information in the learning style that you need, you may find that studying is a bit more interesting.
Otherwise, studying can feel boring when it isn’t presented in a way that works with your particular learning style.
10. Lack of Physical Movement
A final reason why studying is boring is that it lacks physical movement.
There’s nothing that engages your body.
Instead, you’re stuck in a room.
You’re cooped up and looking down at a book or notebook for several hours.
The lack of movement can cause some discomfort which only adds to the sense of feeling bored.
When you have nervous energy or energy, in general, then sitting in a room for hours can feel dull.
So, it’s a good idea to take breaks when studying.
Get up, take a walk, or even stretch.
You can also take recordings of your notes, and play them back while you take a walk.
By adding some movement to your studying, you might find it a bit more interesting.
At the very least, you might be able to focus better.
Studying can be very boring when you have to do it on your own.
However, it can also be boring when you’re stuck studying with a boring tutor or group.
Knowing the reasons why you find studying boring can help you change things up to make studying more interesting.