I am a student of electrical and mechanical engineering. Ever since I joined, my hours of studying have been reduced significantly. That's not to say there is less study to be done though.
I usually find references of people being unmotivated to study via online posts, memes and discussion. I myself am, as well, unmotivated to study, with study meaning read the theory of a lesson or subject in a book or on the internet.
I find the act tedious although necessary. I do like the field i have selected but I consider reading to be a grindy part in the learning procedure overall. Exercises and practical examples seem less boring to me. Now at the university there is more theory involved thus the change in time devoted to studying.
With that in mind i have tried various ways of motivating myself such as:
- Enforcing it. So far the most effective method. Used ocassionally when deadlines are due. Downside is I get socially detached and also lack enthusiasm for my work.
- Combining it with means of entertainment. Involves taking multiple
few-minute breaks and/or performing a secondary activity whilst
reading (listening to music, a video etc).
You can imagine how this method can be distracting and unproductive.
- Sloppy work. Learning only the essentials, skipping segments of a text. This way I am left with questions and gaps.
- Interpersonal learning (Least favorite way). The system of learning that teachers usually propose. Not only do I deem them incompetent to deliver but also insufficient due to the fact they can't dedicate much time to an individual.
From your experience and knowledge, is there a lifehack that would help me study?