When it comes to convincing someone to study, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Every person is different and will be persuaded in different ways. However, there are some general tips that can help you convince anyone to hit the books! In this blog post, we will discuss nine of the best ways to convince someone to study. By following these tips, repurposed from our “boost your motivation” post, you’ll be able to get anyone back on track and studying for those all-important exams!
How to Convince Someone to Study
- Listen to Their Reasons for Not Studying
- Remind them of the Importance of Study
- Be aware of the Consequences of Not Studying
- Create a Reward System for Studying
- Provide Verbal Encouragement
- Find out their Learning Style
- Break down their Goals into Smaller Steps
- Lead by Example
- Try Studying in Groups
Listen to Their Reasons for Not Studying
Before you try to convince them of anything, it’s important to first listen to their reasons for not studying. Maybe they’re struggling with the material, or maybe they don’t see how it will benefit them in the future. Once you know their reasons, you can better address them and come up with a plan to help.
Remind them of the Importance of Study
Start by reminding them of how important their studies are. Whether it’s getting into their dream college or landing their dream job, remind them that their future depends on their studies. Going to school is not about learning a topic, it is about learning how to learn. Once you know how to learn you can succeed in anything you put your mind to.
Be aware of the Consequences of not Studying
Sometimes, people need to be reminded of the consequences of not studying. Let them know that if they don’t put in the effort now, they’ll have to suffer later on. Failing exams, having to retake classes, and not getting into their dream school are all potential consequences of not studying. From there it may impact one’s abilities to get jobs and succeed in other endeavours.
Create a Reward System for Studying
If they’re struggling to see how studying can help them in the future, try creating a reward system. For 30-minutes they study, they can get a 5-10 minute break, for example. This method of taking breaks in between the study is actually a well-researched technique, known as the Pomodoro Technique.
Or, for every day they study, they can have a cheat day where they don’t have to focus on schoolwork at all. Whatever it is, find something that will incentivize them to put in the effort!
Provide Verbal Encouragement
Encourage them by letting them know that you believe in their ability to do well. Everyone needs a little boost of confidence now and then, and your support can make all the difference.
Find out their Learning Style
Some people learn better visually, others learn better by listening, and others learn better by doing. Find out how your friend or family member learns best and try to help them study in that way. Perhaps the reason they are having difficulty is that the way they study is not playing to their strengths.
If they’re a visual learner, try sitting down with them and going over important concepts with flashcards or charts. If they’re an auditory learner, try listening to audio recordings of their lectures together. And if they’re a kinesthetic learner, try helping them find creative ways to study, such as making up songs or rhymes to help them remember concepts.
Break down their Goals into Smaller Steps
If their goals seem impossible or too daunting, try breaking them down into smaller steps. For example, if their goal is to get an A on their final exam, break that down into smaller goals such as studying for one hour each day, or getting a certain number of questions right on their practice exams.
Making smaller goals will help them see their progress and how their efforts are paying off, which will encourage them to keep going.
Lead by Example
Make sure to lead by example! If you’re constantly studying and doing well in school, they’ll be more likely to follow suit. Show them that it’s possible to balance school and a social life. Let them know that you’re there for them if they need help, but also give them the space to figure things out on their own.
Try Studying in Groups
Last but not least, try offering to help them out. If they’re struggling with a certain subject, offer to help them study. Sometimes, all people need is a little push in the right direction. Group study is a highly effective strategy if you go about group work in the right way.
By following these tips, you should be able to convince anyone to start studying! Just remember that every person is different, so don’t get discouraged if one approach doesn’t work. Keep trying until you find something that works for both of you. Good luck!