Ask any teenager that and they’ll say absolutely. Of course, a lot of them are lying through their teeth. A lot of youngsters see it as a rite of passage everyone has to go through before they can get the job they want. It can have severe implications for them. Someone who isn’t taking their education seriously enough is likely to skive, not revise, and fail their exams.
You have to learn to learn before you can learn (if that made any sense at all). Here are some tips for learning how to take your education seriously.
Why Don’t You?
Write down why you honestly don’t take education seriously. There’s no shame in any of your reasons. These are some of the common reasons why people stop taking studying as seriously as they should:
- They don’t enjoy the course.
- The subject is boring.
- They were pressured into studying by parents.
- They don’t know where they want to go in life.
- They don’t see the point.
All of these things have one thing in common. There’s a distinct lack of enjoyment in the subject. There’s no passion. Even if something is completely pointless, we can still do it if we’re passionate about it.
What Interests You?
Start by finding something which interests you. You’ll usually discover a certain part of your subject which you enjoy. It doesn’t necessarily need to be on the syllabus. It can even be in the news.
When you’ve found something you enjoy, read about this subject. Do it outside of your normal classes and get enthusiastic about it. It’s the best way as its unrestricted learning based on human curiosity, rather than anything to do with exams.
Some of us enter the next stage of education because we want to get our dream job. If you want to be a doctor, you need a degree from a UK university. If you can’t get enthusiastic about the long hours of study and the constant stream of textbooks being introduced, focus on something else.
Focus on your final target. In particular, think about those glorious feelings when you eventually become a doctor. Imagine all the positives and use this as your motivation to start taking your education seriously.
If you can’t encourage yourself to become more responsible by thinking about the potential rewards, zoom to the opposite end of the spectrum. Get scared of failure. Think about how you’ll feel when your friends get their degrees and you’re left with nothing. Imagine the disappointment on your parents’ faces.
It’s a more extreme way to take things seriously, but it does work. Some students just need that kick up the proverbial backside to get moving. One of the reasons why students begin to wobble is arrogance. They think they have ‘plenty’ of time to study and complete coursework.
Whilst these are some of the main ways you can learn to learn, it relies on finding out what works for you. These techniques won’t work for everyone. You have to tailor your motivational skills to the way you function.
Matthew Smith believes it is important to learn to learn.