If you’re anything like me, studying is a dreadfully isolating experience. Even just trying to study for your exams can be incredibly lonely. So much that I don’t know how many times I’ve been tempted to just give up and throw in the towel, but there’s no need to give up. Here are five reasons why studying alone can be difficult, and five tips on how to make it better!
You’re Too Afraid to Ask for Help
A common reason why you might feel so afraid to ask for help is that you think you’re too good to need it. And while you’re not lacking in natural ability, you’re also a human being. And humans sometimes need help. The fear of needing help might come from not knowing how to ask for it.
There are tons of different ways to ask for help, and you’ll find them out as you go. There’s also a fear of humiliation. You might be embarrassed to admit to other people that you don’t know how to do something, even if that’s 100%, not the case. This is also one of the disadvantages of independent learning.
Study Habits Are Out of Sync with Your Schedule
This is a common feeling among students that have been studying alone for a long time. You might feel like you’ve got a schedule for studying, but it’s completely out of sync with who you are as a person. You might feel like you’re bad for watching Netflix between studying sessions, or that you’re bad for not being able to find the time to study properly.
What you need to realize is that you’re not bad for wanting to take breaks, and you’re not bad for not wanting to study at certain times. Studying is not a race! It’s okay to take your time and get the most out of what you’re studying. You don’t need to study in a frenzy, you just need to study consistently.
Studying Alone Feels Disadvantaging
Many people feel like they have to study alone to prove that they’re “good” at studying. They might feel like they have to prove that their studying habits are “normal” and “not a problem”. What you need to realize is that you don’t need to prove anything. You just need to be you. You don’t need to change who you are just so that you can study better. You just need to change the way you study.
Something is Holding You Back
If you’ve been studying alone for a long time, something may be holding you back from studying. It could be something as small as finding a book difficult to look at. It could be something as big as feeling like you’re struggling under a ton of stress. Whatever it is, it’s holding you back from studying. You just need to find out what it is so that you can get past it.
Studying alone has both advantages and disadvantages. On the one hand, being able to work on your own allows you to be more independent and self-reliant. It’s also beneficial to be able to set your own schedule and pace, which can help you get a better grasp of what you need to study for the course. However, it can also be quite challenging to stay motivated when working on your own. You may find yourself feeling isolated, which can make it difficult to stay focused.
In addition, it’s important to be careful about when and where you use your computer and phone since many easy traps could prevent you from doing your best work. Finally, if you don’t like working by yourself, then studying alone might not be your best option.