farzad zakeri

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How can students be interested in studying more?

I'm a student. some times i feel i don't have any interest to study. i know i should study more and learn more and how much it is important but i don't know what's problem.
i read other books or different article in internet everyday but when i want to study my college books it's hard for me to continue more than a hour.
there is many students like me
I know exist people here who are/were Good student and could help other people to learn how they can be interest in study
how are you yourself interest in studying?

i ask this Question because i am sure if all students be more interest in studying the world could change and it could be a better place for live.

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    Feb 13 2012: Hi Farzad,

    Maybe what you are studying is boring. Well, there is nothing you can do about that.

    Maybe your teacher is boring. Well there is nothing you can do about that either.

    Maybe you need to set smaller studying times....aha, now here you can do something..... like study 20 minutes in the morning, 20 in afternoon and 20 in the evening

    I always find it helpful when I study to have a ruler, highlighters of different colors, a nicely sharpened pencil and sticky notes. I psyche myself up to study, and I imagine myself teaching someone what I am studying myself. This helps me keep focused and it usually works, (Oh, and I always have a hot drink next to me, like tea or coffee....this helps me too)

    "The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of new ideas, never returns to it's original size".......O.W.Holmes

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    Feb 15 2012: Just wanna share you my own experience as I'm a student too:

    Apply what you study to what you read, observe, think or act everyday. For example: studying general finance or macro economics, I'll try to apply the knowlege - analyze info from articles I read online. Studying Advertising, I'll try to think from which consumer insights that they produce such TVC.

    It's very simple but effective. You'll see your subjects at school are relevant to your life ;) Let's your brain work more!
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      Feb 15 2012: Excellent suggestions. It seems to me the points you mentioned outline how one assimilates knowledge. Application could be considered as an activity where one takes the knowledge, one's assimilation of it, and then creates changes in reality -- applying thought to energy or matter.
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    Feb 15 2012: Hi, Farzad,
    I am a freshman and to be honesty I feel the same way during the first semester. I don't have a certain goal in life. I don't know what to do in the rest of my life, a teacher? a business woman? a banker? It seems that our life right now is a piece of clean and white paper, and the world offers too many opportunities to us that we are at a lost to choose what are the things that we exactly like. But if you have the passion for your major, you will have much more interest in your study.
    That study is important is not a very convincing reason for you to be interested in study. For example everybody knows that exercising is important, but a great many people would rather seat in the sofa watching meaningless TV soaps than go out for a run. So I guess if you want to be more interested in study, you can try to convince youself that this course is interesting and I LOVE it! And try to make friends with students who are intersted in study and are positive when faced with difficulties.
    In the winter holiday, I happened to read a book called How To Win At College, which is really inspiring and encouraging. It helps me to make a plan for my college life and find my life goal.
    Good luck to you~~~ :)
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    Feb 14 2012: My advice is: think forward; where am I going to be in the next 15 years? Think in the future what you will need to know. Think how the subject you are studing can help you from now on. Of course you have some golds, dreams. Think what you need to get those achievements.
    Another important tip: make the most of your time. Organise well your time, don't waste it. Set an hour for start studying and before and after that time enjoy, play sports, go out or simply do nothing.
    Get to know yourself. Know what is the best way for you to study, to copy, to memorise, to do schemes. Only you know what is the best way for you to study.
    Also, make the most of the classes. If you get up early from bed to go to school, make the most of it! Stay very focus, if you have any doubt, ask your teacher. Don´t take your doubts to home with you. Your doubts are not only your doubts.
    Work hard, don´t give up. Your hardwork will reward you someday. Act now so you don´t regret in the future for what you should have done.

    Never stop questioning you: Why am I doing this?
    Life is´s also about priorities. Your health and hapinness are the most important, don´t forget it, so live your life and enjoy it.

    Hope I was useful !
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    Feb 14 2012: Well you got to find something you actually like doing for fun, then try to find a major to do it for school.
    If not, then try living your life for what you like to do, then figure out a way to make money off of it.
    I made it into one of the best colleges in the world, and you know what? I'm taking time off from it, because i realized that i rather use what i know/ like to do now and do it for a living. It seems hard, but untill you actually try it will always be impossible. You just have you find your own way and stick with it (you will if you dont want to do anything else), at least thats what im trying right now.
  • Feb 14 2012: Students should be allowed to more freely choose subjects which are truely interresting to them.

    If you get bored while reading up on your studies, maybe the class is not in line with your interrests.

    For me... all studies went fine untill I had to write a thesis and I just am struggling so much to finish it... Because I have no ambition at all to write scientific stuff down. Theres not even a cell in my body who wants to sit down and write about my studies... The study itself was, in most subjects, very interresting though but as soon as you're forced to do something for which you have no ambition it gets hard.
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    Feb 13 2012: In a nutshell: variety and context.

    Let's expand that a little bit: What's is this feeling of being interested in something? Usually it is related to be attached to something that is useful, right?

    I play the guitar, and find immensely interesting to see videos of great players explaining their techniques. My wife is an interior designer, she hates those videos.

    That's just because in that knowledge being presented I find things that I might be able to use to pursuit what makes me happy (playing new and more complex songs). To my wife, theres no use in learning all the possible inversions of an major seventh chord.

    Thats context, as put by others, you should look for that usefulness in your studies, even if a limited one, like "Oh, I can use this formula/theory to solve that kind of problem more easily".

    That will keep you motivated, now how to escape boredom? There's when variety comes into place.

    As I said, my wife designs interiors, and a very important part of that job is drawing vegetation. Now imagine that she's training with oaks.

    If she draws exactly the same oak over and over again, it will become boring very quickly. If she adds some variants to the oak (some smaller, some taller, some in color, some at night) it will be easier to get it going, and more, if she's really fed up with oaks, why not throw some bananas or roses in?

    Or brains tend to reject the sameness, we're used nowadays to have multiple things happening at the same time. Studying is nothing like that, so to make yourself productive while studying I suggest to get short spans of each subject one after the other.

    With time, those spans will enlarge and you'll be able to study more of each subject and even expand your attention to multiple subjects.

    That always helped me, hope it helps you too.

    Good luck!
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    Feb 13 2012: One strategy that may work is for every subject and assignment, challenge yourself to find a connection between what you are learning and things that do interest you. There is usually such a connection if you dig a bit, and that connection can be motivation.
    One thing that might be different in what you read on the internet and at university is that much of what you read online may be presented to be easy and fast to read without too much challenge to think. Delighting in the challenge of tackling the difficult and complex is an acquired taste that ideally should be developed throughout your schooling.
    If it has not been, perhaps at this point you can find a small way to reward yourself for persistence when something does require serious attention rather than coming easy. With practice you may develop a taste for it.
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    Feb 15 2012: You need to ask yourself some questions. Either you need to reaffirm that your current path is still your best interest or you have a new one. It is possible that our long term goals may change. Refuel your reasons. Focus on them and focus on your goals. Do not worry of the path because it will just be a part of the process.

    Take every experience as a chance for learning. Have fun and enjoy. Smile :D
  • Feb 15 2012: It's hard to figure out what the problem is. If you're not studying something that's in your field of interest, you're not going to be invested in what you're studying, as Shashiraj ended up saying. I'm a student myself. I have trouble with certain topics. Hell, even within my specialties (BA in Philosophy and working toward an MA in English Literature), there are tons of things that I have issues with. One of the things that I learned that helps with staying invested in topics that don't interest me is figuring out how paraphrase the materials into my own words and applying it to the topics that I actually am interested in. For example, one of the things that has been giving me trouble in my English Literature Masters are the different modes of critical theory. However, to figure it out, I figured out ways to try to paraphrase theory and then apply it to things that actually interest me. In fact, those interests allowed me to find a niche for my English Literature Masters program.
  • Feb 15 2012: firstly get your eyesight checked.
    you'll find that you will be having difficulty in correctly identifying the characters of 20/20 vision (or 6/6 V/A).
    this lack of interest is generated due to lack of 2o/2o vision acuity. Over years you must have found that your interest is depleting in things that need you to pay attention. like viewing tv, reading etc.. kindly read a conversation posted by me on the same effect titled behavioral aspect of vision. just see if all the symptoms are there?
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    Feb 15 2012: Hi Farzad, You haven't mentioned what are you studying. Sometimes it becomes difficult because our interest lies in something else which may not be fulfilled by the curriculum. The tried and tested degrees always find many just because it provides "safety" for our future. Examples of this are Engineering and Medical degrees. But how many would think of getting an Art degree and then build a successful career out of that. I think the percentage will be very low.Another deterrent is that most of the times students enrol into classes not due to their own interests. It could be due to pressure from parents or peers. What I have done is what I call a "mid-way approach".I studied engineering but was also nursing ambitions to do something in the creative world. Now that I have a secure professional life, I can think of doing what interests me more. I have chosen to take a safe way and try and avoid the struggles.Depending on what responsibilities you have, you could choose to follow the same or do something different. You could also focus only on something that interests you the most without going the traditional way of finding a job.Hope this helps.Good luck.
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    Feb 15 2012: Yes.
    Hi Farzad Zakeri,
    I have some ideas that might help. One is simply divide your time so that you take a break every 40 minutes and come back fresh. The other simple one is order your studies like you order food, with dessert at the last. After doing the hardest work for x minutes, reward yourself with something you might read for pure enjoyment. I sometimes used the opposite scheme just to get me into the library: I would bike to school and go to the basement and ready from as many Foreign language newspapers as I could find--but only for a half hour. Then I had to wait until the next day to explore newspapers. It was like bait to get me up in the morning and studying.

    I used SQRRR alot and I am now a good scanner/skimmer. I would start immediately when I bought new books for the semester and keep going until I rode the bus home. SQRRR means: Survey, Question, Read, Recite, Review. Even though my grades were terrible in high school and I had a 6 year break from school when I joined the Navy, I graduated Manga Cum Laude with a BA. So I guess it worked.

    I always had something I was reading for fun, but one of my favorite "study" games was to go to a book store and browse for hours. Making learning into a game in some way may be the ticket.

    I have two college age kids that read for fun all the time. It has helped them and I like to think I started that when they were little by constantly playing with them with stories and even durable books that they could put in their mouths and throw around. Night time was always story time. Giggling was required.

    I still read science for fun. Really. It's fun for me. And you need to study because we need to save the world in so many ways. Your icon image is about just one. I met Iranian sailors when I was in Orlando at the Navy Nuclear Power School.

    More recently I've discovered Rumi. Oh, but you don't want to READ so much. You don't have too much time.


    I hope I helped,
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    Feb 14 2012: I think we need to make studying apply to students. Education comes from the Latin word "educo", which means to draw out from within. We do not educate our children in 2012 so much as we train them. I know exceptions exist and cataloging these extends beyond the scope of my response.

    How do we make it apply to students? Some of us are excited because scientia est potentia and that's enough. For the rest of us, I'm not sure. Perhaps we could impress on them that if self preservation is an instinct they posses, they may wish to educate themselves else they could end up possibly perceiving themselves as victims of a society, state, or group that does not care for their needs, concerns, or intentions.

    Education is necessary for one to make any meaningful contribution to society. Doing manual labor and making wages constitutes a contribution, but once that project ends so do workers lifestyles -- unless another project awaits their efforts. All the unions in the world will not stop the tide of technological obsolesce or a change in demand from consumers. So, for people who are not excited by learning, if you want to do more than wait for projects that may never come by, you need an education.

    People once lived as animals do. Look at other countries and compare lifestyles. You can see that education allows us to live longer, healthier lives. Ignorance takes you backwards, education takes you forward, and it is a personal choice. Do students want to live good lives and explore their universe or do they want to be perpetual victims of forces they'll never understand or confront? Once you explain the matter this way, I think you'll capture more interest.

    Yet this approach would not work for everyone. Indeed, certain people are not capable of education because genetic conditions prevent it. We will always have some who cannot become educated; we can minimize that number and -- it seems to me -- that we have much room in 2012 for that to happen.
  • Feb 14 2012: Hi guys, indeed it is "never" easy to study, especially in this traditional old fashioned way of teaching. education system got advanced with technology but teaching system stayed the same.
    you might have heard : "Study hard and memorise the important parts" This what teachers says.
    Another one is : "Study hard so you will get a good and secured job" this what parents say.

    but no one would ever say HOW to study or HOW to memorise or HOW is it possible to get a "good" and " secured" job.
    because it is hard to find the HOW part. We find comfort in our problems and don't want to get out and try to find the solutions for these problems. It's in our nature, We either blame the teachers or education system. this is easy to do.

    One thing you have to do before you start to study is to start thinking what motivates you the most.
    Going back to that mind set. your motivation increase. it can be a simple thing. ex: having a nice cup of coffee.
    drawing a circle and standing in that circle, call it "My Motivation Circle" and then every time to take your study books
    remember your motivational circle and your brain automatically will send positive signals to your neuro system.
    this will help you to get start.

    Ask yourself: WHY do you study? (what belief do you have for studying?) HOW do you study? (what material and capacities do you have for studying?) WHAT do you study? (what is it that you want to know ?)

    above all, Physical activities. say any sport you like.
    30 minutes jogging before you start to study.

    mind and body is one system. the way you think affects your physiology.
    The way you feel (physically) affects your thinking.

    I use NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) to teach Peak Performance strategies for students and young entrepreneurs.
    and it works. Some think studying English Irregular verbs is impossible. some think selling (cold calling) is though.
    but after a few hours of work all is possible and easy.
    Find some one who has done what you do now, ask for HOW part
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    Feb 14 2012: Find a friend and talk about the classes with then.
    Ask him / her questions, let him / her ask you questions.

    Try to predict the questions you will get in the test.
    Try visualising the final goal to get a degree and what life you will have after.
    Thinking positive will help you.
  • Feb 14 2012: Hi farad, you are lucky to, be in a college. No interest in it? ( unless you have the internet? ) Man, smarten up! Sit your butt down, read a book! You, my cyber friend, are the new generation. You will study, you will do an execellllant job!
  • Feb 14 2012: Well, I know what you mean. Staring at a textbook or flashcards can be a chore sometimes for certain people. I know it is for me. Sometimes it is not the subject you are studying (although we all do take courses we do not really enjoy), but the way you are studying it. For instance, are you studying by using your textbook, going through notes, and using flashcards? Well, sometimes that might not help you study. You may study better and retain information better if you were to hear it. Try quizzing yourself out loud on questions. Try to explain definitions out loud. It may not make it more interesting, but it might help you think more. Don't force yourself to sit down, either. Pace around if it helps clear your head.

    I know this from experience. I feel like I'm learning nothing by staring at my notes and textbooks until I get somebody to quiz me and ask the questions out loud.

    Basically, make sure you know what sort of learner you are. Sometimes it takes a long time to realize this. If you learn things better if you can hear it, and by talking to yourself, than structure the way you study around that. Sometimes it might appear as though somebody isn't interested in studying when they are just having a hard time figuring out what type of studying and learning suites them best.

    But if it is not that and the subject you are studying is unfortunately boring, or the teacher is bad, continue applying yourself. Just make sure you make your study sessions shorter. This might help.

    Always seek the things that interest you and study those. Remember that sometimes you also have to take courses that you don't like because they are important.
  • Feb 14 2012: By showing them that the stuff that they are studying have a good aplication in real life. Being a student I find hard to learn something that I know that after I take the exam will be erased from my mind because is useless. The solution is to update the sistem and the way of teaching.
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    Feb 13 2012: Hello Farzad,
    I agree with what Mary has pointed out below. You can also find out what keeps aways your interest from reading, You may get rid of that for some time.

    In my case it was the TV. I used to watch alot of programs which was talking alot of my time taking my interest away from reading untill I crashed it when I failed an exam.