Posted by Daniel Tran on 31/3/2016
For most people, there’s always that one subject that just isn’t engaging. No matter what you do, you can’t seem to keep a long-term interest in it, even though others seem to find this subject fascinating. And then the worst part is that, sometimes, you have to study for this subject. So this is not just a question of how to make studying interesting, but how to approach the subject as a whole and find the source of its monotony.
First, why might you be bored with a subject? Perhaps the subject just doesn’t interest you.
If that’s the case, you can try to drop the subject and stop studying it altogether. But some subjects are compulsory, which would mean you’re stuck studying the subject anyway. You may want to try and integrate your interests with this subject to make it more engaging. For example, if you enjoy history but struggle to find maths interesting, you might investigate the historical contributions made by mathematicians over time which eventually led to the maths you’re studying.
It might also be the case that the teacher isn’t that effective at conveying the subject content, or you don’t understand what’s being taught. You can ask your teacher questions to try and make the most of your learning, requesting them to repeat certain aspects that you didn’t understand. If that isn’t an option, you can always turn to useful textbooks, the Internet and even other peers. The point is that if you find a subject boring because you don’t understand it, then you should at least make the effort to try and understand it.
More infrequently, you might be in a situation where the subject is teaching you content you already knew about, which would seem boring because nothing new is being presented.
Think of this as “revision” to ensure that what you already know is indeed correct information, as well as fill in any missing information. Furthermore, most subjects do this to ensure everyone has the same fundamental knowledge before delving into the new information, so it may be the case that you just have to deal with relearning some old information.
While there are other reasons for why a subject may seem boring, some teachers are aware that some subjects are inherently dull and do need additional effort to make it engaging.
Math subjects use exercises to demonstrate certain concepts and processes. Business and Law subjects tend to involve case studies to try and connect learned knowledge with real world examples. Computing subjects usually get students to create something using available technology, in which learning comes from the practical experience.
By connecting the subject’s content with practical applications, students can see the reason why the subject is worth learning, and gives students a better perspective into what makes the subject remotely interesting.
Therefore, boring subjects can have a variety of causes, which can all be addressed if the student is willing to make the effort to learn. Certain subjects do make that effort to make the content more engaging, but if even these seem boring, you should reconsider whether the subject is right for you.