In an ideal world, we’d all like to study subjects that interest us. Sadly, structured education does not work like. Of course, during their formative years of their education, going up to Class 10, students are required to study a full spectrum of subjects, ranging from languages to science, mathematics, social studies, computers etc. Even when you pick a stream of your choices in higher classes, it is highly unlikely that all subjects will interest you equally. For instance, for a student pursing medical, chemistry and biology may be the core areas of interest while physics can seem bland and boring. Or a student studying commerce may find accounts lackluster in comparison to economics or business studies.
You level of interest notwithstanding, you’ve still got to take exams for all the subjects in your curriculum and do your best to score well. Here are some smart ways to spark interest in subjects that seem boring to you:
Begin with the Benefit of the Doubt:
Before you dismiss a subject as boring, take into consideration the possibility that may be it fails to interest you because you are not learning the right away. After all, your may have peers and friends who have an exact opposite view of the subject. Not only do they find it interesting but also excel at it. Work with them to understanding their learning techniques and fortify your own clarity of concepts, and then revisit the subject with a fresh, open mind and it might just click.
Learn via Visual Representation of Concepts:
Most students find subjects like mathematics, physics and statistics boring because of their abstract nature. When you the read The Daffodils by William Wordsworth, for instance, you can actually imagine a host of golden daffodils fluttering beside a lake, beneath the trees. But when you study the Pythagoras Theorem, it is difficult to relate to what a2 + b2 = c2 means. In such cases, relying on video tutorials can help in putting things in perspective in an interesting manner and building a strong foundation of concepts.
Discover Real Life Context:
The point where most textbooks and teachers falter is that they start dealing with a topic without any explanation on how it is relevant to your life. E = mc2. So what? It is the answer to this ‘so what’ that can actually draw you into a subject that may seem dreadfully boring at first. Go beyond your classroom learning and read dumbed down explanation of complex concepts and topics, looking for their relevance in real life contexts. There are a lot of blogs out there that tell you how an economic policy or a physics equation affects you. Lap up this information, make your own notes and correlate it with your classroom lessons to get absorbed in a subject that has hitherto seemed boring.
Weave Your Own Stories or Mental Pictures:
Remembering a narrative or an explicit imagery is a lot easier that memorising abstract information. So weaving the details of a boring topic into an interesting story of your own is a great way to build interest and memorise details that would otherwise evade your memory easily. It also makes the process of learning a lot more fun than simply mugging up textbook lessons.
Apply the Knowledge in Real Life Contexts:
Try telling a six-year-old that ‘air is a supporter of combustion’. In all likelihood, the sentence won’t make any sense to them. Now, light a candle and place a glass tumbler on top, so that the six-year-old can see its flame going out due to lack of air/oxygen. And they’ll suddenly be interested in knowing more. The same principle applies to learning at every stage of life. When you learn a new concept or study a new topic, try to apply that knowledge in real life. When what you learn becomes a part of your existence, your quest to find out more naturally grows.
There is a quirky saying that goes ‘I was born intelligent, education ruined me’, except it doesn’t have to be that way, as long as you are willing to push the envelope and go beyond the confines of classroom/textbook learning.