You are able to read this post and make sense of it, because you’ve been able to study at some point in your life…
Everyone has to study to pass exams at some point.
High School exams. University exams. Professional exams. Promotion Exams at work.
How do you approach your self-study, especially when you’re feeling weak and tired?
Do you close your books or your laptop and go to bed? Or you persevere and see your study time through to the end?
Sticking it out with a good study method makes the difference between glory and disappointment.
Here are 7 ways to help you stay awake during self-study.
Most of these are proven ways to stay awake that has worked for me during my self-study in undergrad, postgrad and professional exams.
You should try any of them today.
7 Ways to Stay Awake During Self-Study
1) Try Coffee
Coffee can help your tired brain snag back to life after a stressful day.
From my experience, black coffee works better than coffee mixed with milk.
Try coffee if you’re sure it works for you. I’ve known some friends who fell asleep immediately after taking coffee.
So, know your body chemistry and do what works for you.
2) Try Lipton Tea
Lipton tea is like the opposite of caffeinated coffee. It has a calming effect.
So, it basically calms your nerves and lets your brain do the work of studying.
Like coffee, Lipton tea doesn’t work for everyone. Consider your body chemistry before you try it.
3) Try Energy Drinks
When you are weak and tired, energy drinks are a great way to boost your energy levels.
There are a lot of health and safety concerns around energy drinks because there’s a tendency to abuse this option.
Personally, I do not use this option. But I know a few friends who can’t go through a self-study without pumping energy drinks into their system.
In the end, use your judgement. Apply caution when using energy drinks.
4) Use A Lectern
This may not be possible for everyone due to the cost of a lectern.
However, if you can afford it, it’s a super effective way to master what you are studying quickly.
I use a lectern all the time.
Standing and going over the study material makes my blood race and prevents me from sleeping.
I’ve also noticed that my best thoughts come to me when I’m standing and studying, or walking and thinking.
You should try it today.
5) Switch Subjects
Truth is some subjects are dense and boring. These subjects are not suited for study when you’re weak and tired.
Try to switch to a subject that will engage you when you’re feeling tired.
For example, if you are reading Donald Knuth’s Art of Programming after a long day at work, you’ll certainly fall asleep in no time.
Why not try reading something light and less demanding? Then plan the truly dense subjects for a time when you’re fresh in the morning.
This has always worked for me.
6) Teach Imaginary Students
This strategy always works.
Imagine you’re in front of a class of 25 students, and you need to make them understand the concept you’re currently studying.
This approach will make you learn the material and make it yours.
This is because you have to make them understand without looking at the material.
This is the foundation of the Feynmann technique.
7) Listen to An Inspirational Message
Motivation could be one of the reasons you’re weak and tired.
Seek out and listen to an inspirational message from people who have been where you are now.
For me, I always listen to Jocko Willinks, Discipline Equals Freedom on Youtube.
It helps me get back on track immediately.
Have you tried any of these strategies?
Did it work for you?