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15 ways to stop thinking while studying



Thinking is one of the process of the mind which we can't easily stop with our will. But thinking while studying is something we need to stop if we want to save our time while studying.

When we think while studying, we just tend to glance over the words of the book and our mind drifts off without our will. If this becomes a daily habit, the mind becomes very difficult to control and we always try to work so hard to concentrate but we can't and studying starts to feel like a burden.

This leads to stress since we become unable to take control of the mind. We just tend to waste a lot of time while studying and the information our mind tends to retain from our study time becomes very less.

So, the solution is to stop thinking while studying. But how do we do that? How do we focus, concentrate and control our thoughts while studying?


Here are the steps you can take to stop thinking and focus while studying:

 

1. Learn the art of avoiding thoughts



While studying, you might have encountered lots of thoughts about the past, about the future and about anything that just comes to disturb you and waste your time and stress you out. These thoughts can be avoided with practice.

When these thoughts come, just pay attention to the words of the book, instead of the thoughts and don't react to them. If you follow this habit daily, not just while studying, the disturbing thoughts will stop annoying you. They will no longer take your time. Just pay attention to something else when these thoughts arise.

When you are studying, pay attention to the study material and while you're not studying, focus on something other than the thoughts.

 

2. Watch videos about the study material beforehand

If you watch some videos related to your study material before going through the lessons, you will already have an interest in the course material and your mind will recall the things you saw in the videos when you glance over the words of the book, instead of unnecessary thoughts. Do this when you have enough time left for the exams. If it's exam time, it's better to not watch videos if you get easily distracted.

 

3. Get into the habit of meditating



There are various kinds of meditation you can do, but for the purpose of concentration while studying and to keep thoughts away, there is a unique practice you can follow.

First, take some time out of your schedule only for meditation. During that time, stay away from all kinds of distractions including mobile phones.

Second step - Take a few deep breaths, at least ten. Then just sit. Try to think of nothing. If some thoughts flow from your mind, try not to react to them and don't form connections with them. That means, if you form connections, one thought leads to another and a lot of time is wasted doing that. Instead don't react to them. Even if you don't find this easy, practice it a lot, daily. You will be surprised after a lot of practice sessions that you can stop any thought at your will!

Let the thoughts flow, think of yourself as separate from the thoughts. Let them pass. Day by day, your stressful thoughts will no longer disturb you and you'll be able to fully concentrate on your studies.

 

4. Don't just rely on the book for your studies


Research about the contents that you need to study from anywhere you can. Watch videos, read some more about them and try to understand the concepts deeply. This will lead to a strong interest in your studies and you'll no longer have to fight thoughts away. Even if you don't like the study contents at first, the more time you spend with them, you'll become very familiar with the concepts of your syllabus and you will be able to accomplish a lot more than other students who doesn't spend time researching the concepts and who just focus on reading or passively studying. That way, you can excel and easily earn good scores.

 

5. Become self-disciplined in other areas too


If possible, do other activities that needs concentration like meditating, writing poems or just writing daily about your experiences and observations. If you focus properly and do them daily, your mind will become more disciplined day by day. 

You will feel great overall and your mind will not easily get fatigued and you will no longer be lazy. Becoming an expert in one domain will increase your self-worth and you will become confident in other areas of your life too. 

Soon, you'll become a much better person than before and things like studying and remembering without thinking will be just effortless.

 

6. Dedicate your precious time for the future


Don't waste time. The time that flies will never come back. Only you have control over it. Don't waste your time on activities that will not benefit your future. The more you become disciplined, the more sharp will be your mind and you will easily be able to concentrate on your studies. You no longer will have to struggle while studying because of thoughts that disturb you.

 

7. Study daily, even if it's for a short period of time


Studying before exams is stressful. You'll have a variety of thoughts that takes away your little time that you have before the exams. Instead, prepare for the exams long before the actual exams. If you study your material daily, it will become easy and you will not have to face stress before the exams.

 

8. Change your beliefs


If you study hard but can't concentrate, you will make it a strong belief that "I can't concentrate", "I can't study without thinking" or "I always feel sleepy while studying". These are the beliefs that you need to take out of your mind and stop believing them. 

The more you believe the thoughts, the more it will become true. Instead, practice the ways to stop thinking while studying and believe that you can study without thinking and without feeling sleepy. Don't believe the thoughts that limit yourself and don't tell anyone that you can't study without thinking or you can't concentrate. The more you tell others, the beliefs will become stronger.

If you keep on telling others that you can't study without thinking and it's difficult for you to concentrate on your studies, you will start to strongly believe it and it will not only become a habit but the habit will also become difficult to change. Instead, don't believe in your weaknesses and start working on them with full faith and determination.

 

9. Become self-motivated


When you become fatigued and no longer want to work or study, that's when you need to motivate your self. Being self-motivated means that you rely on no one but only yourself to become motivated and you don't lose your motivation if someone lets you down. Don't rely on others for your motivation. That one person that motivates you today may not motivate you forever. That's why instead of feeling sad or negative about that person or yourself in the future, it's better to always depend on yourself for your source of motivation.

 

10. Don't give up

Never give up. Practice the ways to stop thinking while studying. The more control you have on your mind, the more control you will have on other areas of your life too. 

Once you learn how to properly control your mind and your thoughts, you will have a lot of time since it will no longer be wasted and you will be able to achieve and learn a lot of things than ever before. The key to achieving success is never giving up. 

Even if you face difficulties at the start, don't give up. Take control of your mind. It's only when you give up, you don't realize your potential and you start to believe that you can't be successful at a particular thing. But if you keep on practicing consistently, no one can stop you from achieving success. So get started from today, always be consistent and never give up.

Other than the 10 points listed above about how to stop thinking while studying, you can also follow different techniques that will help with concentration, like:

 

11. Studying for short periods of time and taking a break


After you study for 20-30 minutes, your concentration level may drop. When your concentration level drops, you should take a break of 5 minutes or so and again continue reading after 5 minutes. Remember to not get distracted by other things in that 5 minutes. Just sit and try to be in a meditative state - a thought free state. It becomes easier with practice.

 

12. Listen to concentration music


Music can change your mood, your energy level and your state of mind. So, you can use music for concentration purposes too. Whenever you feel like your concentration is dropping, listen to music that can help with focus. Some types of music can distract you. Therefore, listen to only those kinds of music that can benefit your concentration level. Baroque music can help you focus and study. You can find various Baroque music online.

 

13. Don't focus on the negatives


Whenever you feel like you are falling behind in your studies and there is not much time left for your exams, focus on the positives. Don't think "there's so little time left!", "I haven't studied anything!". Instead, think about how easily you can study if you use your remaining time carefully without wasting it. But if you focus on the negatives, the time that you have left will also be wasted. Therefore, remind yourself constantly how much you've already studied and actually there's not much left to study. Don't think of it as hard work. Study the contents one step at a time and you can excel at your exams.

 

14. Teach others


You can teach others about what you've learned by using YouTube or blogging. In the process of teaching, you can also learn a lot about the subjects which will make you more interested in them and will definitely help with concentration.

 

 

15. Write about what you know



Even if you don't want to teach others about what you've learned, you can write or take notes about what you've learned so far. You can also add notes you find online and save them for future use. The key is repetition. If you repeat the things you learn and surround yourself constantly with it, concentration and thinking while studying will never be a problem.


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