Supernaturally Bored: Combating Academic Boredom

18 Sep

It is all fun and games to pick the 9 am Art History class that fits perfectly into your schedule, until its the third week into the semester and you don’t want to get out of bed. Even if you do drag yourself out of bed and into class, you know that you will be that one person who sits in the back and sleeps. So you decide to save your time and energy and just stay home. You have nothing against the subject or even the professor, it’s just that you find it boring so early in the morning.

You are not alone. Many students find themselves in a class that no longer piques their interest. Academic boredom is a real issue. If students are not compelled to go to class and learn the subject, then their grades are more likely to suffer for it. Having a full course load of classes that are not exactly the bees knees can be completely overwhelming. But, situations like these are when we must pull ourselves up by our boot straps and get down to business.

Here are some tips provided to us from the Winchester brothers of Supernatural. Even when their enemies are unfathomably powerful, Sam and Dean Winchester always persevere. The life of a Hunter takes more than just brute strength, it takes vast mental capabilities as well. The first thing the boys do when they catch wind of a supernatural crime is gather information and do research. Sam and Dean, much like college students, detest reading through hundreds of pages of texts only find two sentences of relevant information. But if they ran into a situations without preparing themselves, they would not have made it past the first season. The Winchesters have survived because of their ability to force themselves to do what it necessary…but not all of us have that same drive. The best course of action? Stay engaged to avoid academic boredom in the first place!

Academic Boredom may have you looking like this:

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Or maybe even this:

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But after implementing some, or all of these tips, the results should have you looking more like this:

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1. Treat yourself
When you have a long reading or writing assignment, try breaking down the work into smaller parts and rewarding yourself every time you complete a section.

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2. Turn off electronics
When studying or in lecture, turn on the do not disturb option on your electronics for freedom from the outside world. If the assignment you’re working on doesn’t require internet access, turn off your WiFi and remove the temptation to goof off.

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3. Move around a bit
Staying alert in lecture can be a challenge sometimes, so give your body something to do whether it’s bouncing your leg, squeezing a stress ball, or just chewing gum.

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4. Mark the most important details from lecture
Try using a highlighter to mark the most important information or the information the lecturer specifies as being on the test. Copying down these important details onto one flash card is another great way to do it.

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5. Create your own focus space
Try training your body by only studying in one area, but not your bed – leave that for sleeping. This will ensure that you won’t be tempted to sleep while studying, or unable to keep your mind from racing while trying to sleep. 

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6. Bring up material in daily life
The more you talk about what you are learning, the better it will stick in your mind.

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7. Quiz yourself
Don’t be afraid to check up on what you already know and get a better sense of what you still need to learn by quizzing yourself.

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8. Study breaks
Try studying for 20 minutes then taking a 5 minute break to give your brain a rest. During that break, listen to your favorite song or have a dance party. Larger chunks of studying time can seem daunting, but will also allow you to sneak a nap in during your day, which is always a plus. 

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9. Give your brain a rest
Do something you love, like take a walk, read a book, go for a run, or watch Supernatural.

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10. Plan for the future
Look up classes that seem interesting and learn more about them before adding them to your schedule. This will ensure that classes are tailored to what you like instead of just being convenient.

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School can be overwhelming and unbearably dull at times, but don’t let that deter you from doing your best. Try new things and find what works for you. Picking classes that don’t interest you is the same as flushing money down the toilet, so choose wisely. Make your education mean something by studying what you like and getting the most out of your classes.  It’s true that there will be classes that are required for your major, but use these tips to stay strong. Dedication and discipline have allowed the Winchesters to defeat ghosts, ghouls, angels, demons, leviathans and many more evil beings. So take it from the them and keep fighting the good fight. 

-Erika

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