Throughout my undergraduate I always studied the same way, finding a quiet secluded place where I could focus on the material without any distractions. I spent many long nights nestled away in the back corner of the library or locked away in my room. This method worked very well for me, but sometimes I found the complete isolation to be tedious and just the thought of studying would make me feel worn out. While I performed well utilizing this method there were downsides that needed to be addressed.
It was not until grad school that I started to experiment with my study habits to try and find ways that would not leave me feeling so drained. Several of my friends spent most of their time studying in more crowded places like coffee shops or the student union. At first I assumed all the background noise would be really distracting but it was worth a try. Surprisingly having all the activity going on in the background was not a disruption and it actually canceled itself out. When listening to music or having the TV on I would always pay attention to the song or what was going on in the show. Whereas, having a number of conversations and music in the background all blending together made it easy to stay focused on my work. Being in more active surroundings also helped me avoid feeling tired so easily because we all know textbooks are great substitutes for sleeping pills. Changing up my routine also made staying motivated for studying easier. Let’s face it no matter how motivated you are, or how much you enjoy something, doing the same thing over and over gets old.
Now I’m not saying that you need to completely change how you study tomorrow, but don’t be afraid of mixing it up a little. Try studying at a different time of day, a different location, or with different people. You have to try different ways to find the one that works best for you.