The reality of studying is that you’re bound to dislike a class every now and again.
Maybe it’s because of the teacher or professor, maybe it’s because you don’t like the content or subject or maybe it’s just because it’s a damn hard class. Whatever the reason, I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you get through it!
Go to class.
I’m a firm believer that attending class helps improve your grade. I mean, you go there to learn, right? But it’s so important that you make the effort to attend class and actively learn in a class you dislike. This basically means remaining switched on during class, asking questions and making connections with what you’re learning instead of drifting off into a daydream. This is so important because it makes understanding the content and studying so much easier. Also, going to class means you have less work to catch up on in your own time. I know I’d rather be watching Netflix than catching up on missed class work!
Study. Don’t avoid it.
It’s so easy to feel unmotivated and procrastinate studying for a class you don’t enjoy. Chances are you’re never going to feel motivated to tackle your homework or required reading, so you can’t wait for a sudden bout of inspiration and motivation to hit you. Instead, you just need to designate a bit of time each week to studying for that class and stick to it. It’s the only way you’ll get work done!
Ask questions. Don’t worry about being annoying.
Making connections in your brain with the information you’re learning is really important when it comes to retaining and remembering information. A lot of the time, this simply means asking questions to make the connections. If you’re too shy, feel rude interrupting to ask or have too many questions the best thing to do is to list down any thoughts or questions you have and at the end of the day, you can either try and find some answers yourself by reading, doing your homework or googling or you can email your tutor/professor or a friend in the class to get some answers!
Use the resources accessible to you.
A lot of the times students simply don’t use all the resources available to them. Whether it be study groups, emails, contact hours, study guides, extra content like videos or book chapters, all of that extra information can really help you in a class you hate. It’s by no means going to make the class any better but it will 110% improve your grade, so make sure you utilise what you can!
Utilise Google and Wikipedia.
If you dislike (hate seems like such a harsh word!) your teacher/professor/lecturer, it can often be hard to feel like you’re getting the information you want or need from them. This is the absolute worst when it’s also a subject you’re struggling in because it can leave you feeling lost, overwhelmed and hopeless. My number one tip for this is to use sites like Google and Wikipedia to back up and break down the information from your textbook or lecture notes. I would also check out some other amazing educational sites and resources, like the ones listed in my Study Resources blog post.
Change your mindset.
This is the biggest thing when taking a class you don’t like – you need to go into it with a positive outlook. If you enrol into a class thinking you’re going to hate it, you’re going to fail or that you’ll struggle, chances are that’s exactly what’ll happen. Positivity breeds success and if you can manage to keep a positive outlook, you’re already more likely to succeed in a class you hate.
I’ve used these tips to push through some pretty horrible classes (NeuroPsych, I’m looking at you!) and managed to come through the other side with really good grades, so hopefully the help you too! Share below any tips you have for getting through horrible classes or let me know which class you’ve disliked the most. I’m interested to see what you all say!