Regardless of how you love your major, you can’t have it all – you’ll still be required to enroll on a subject which you hate. For example, if you’re planning to enroll in a marketing major, you’ll also have to study accounting and taxation. And if you’re someone who dreads numbers, these two subjects can become your worst nightmare. These can even pull your grades down if you don’t do anything about it. But just like what they say, “you have to take the bad with the good” and the same is especially true when you’re in college. In order for you to succeed with your chosen major, you have to be ready to study the subjects you hate. Here’s how you can do it:
1.) Change your attitude and perception about the subject you hate: It’s common to see college students to hate subjects which will require them to solve and understand numbers. If you’re one of them, it’s important that you change your attitude and perception about the subject first. Look for parts of the topic which may interest you. You can start by considering how important a profit in a business is when it comes to accounting or how are taxes used by the government for taxation. When you look at these subjects in another angle, you’ll be able to appreciate the topic in a different manner. Additionally, if these subjects are important in your student life and career, it might be worth your time and effort.
2.) Find time and plan to learn it: Most often than not, you hate a subject because you’re clueless as to what it’s all about. If you’re guilty of this statement, find time and plan to learn it. If you’re having a hard time understanding accounting and taxation, set long hours to study for the subjects. If you usually spend two hours to learn a simple subjects, set at least four hours for each of the subject you hate. In this way, you’ll have all the time you need to study and still have time to take breaks. Finding time to study will also minimize cramming.
3.) Experiment with different learning styles: With the advent of technology, you can learn subjects through a video or audiobook. You can also consider engaging in study groups or an interesting interview with a person who is adept with the subject. Know the different learning styles applicable to the subject and don’t hesitate to engage yourself in any of these. Take time to experiment so you’ll know which will actually work for you. When you study a subject through a learning style you like, you’ll be able to have fun and retain more information.
4.) Find alternative ways to learn the subject: You will never love a subject if you don’t understand anything about it. If you’re willing, ask for other people to teach you about the subject. If you have a classmate who’s excelling in the subject that you hate, you ahead and ask for his help. Your teacher can also help in explaining the subject better to you. Seeking help from other people will make it easier for you to understand the subject since they can relate to whatever struggles you have and they can provide answers to your concerns about the subject. Online video tutorials and webinars can be excellent options too.
5.) Relate the subjects to your daily activities: The subjects you hate will be better understood if you actually use these in real life. For example, since taxation talks about the taxes collected from citizens, you can have a mental note of how much tax are you paying for every purchase you make. This will give you an idea how important taxation is and how people are using it in their daily lives, too.
6.) Arrange a study group with your classmates: Most often than not, you’re not the only student in class who hates accounting and taxation. For sure, there are students who share the same sentiment as you. Determine who these students are and reach out to them so you can create a study group. When you study together about a particular subject, you’ll be able to provide better solutions – the more people in the study group, the more ideas the group can produce. Setting a schedule which fits everyone might become a challenge but think of what’s at stake – everyone can study their most hated subject in the most enjoyable and lively way possible.
7.) Set the marks for difficulty levels: When you have a book or lecture notes for these subjects, don’t forget to annotate. If you see important keywords, phrases or information, highlight them and label them as “easy” or “difficult”. Doing this allows you to review only when you come across easy topics and dedicate more hours for difficult ones. Remember that the more you read, the easier it will be for you to understand a concept.
8.) Tell yourself that it’s only temporary: You’re not required to endure accounting and taxation for the rest of your life. These subjects are only temporary and can even last for one semester depending on your major. Remind yourself that these struggles are only temporary. And instead of itching to finally get through these subjects, you can use that semester to do well with it. It’s only for one semester so might as well give all you’ve got, right? You’ll never know, you might even love these subjects once you put your mind to it.
Change For The Better
Just because you hate some subjects in college doesn’t mean that your entire college life is ruined or your career will never become how you expected it to be. It’s typical to have a few subjects which you dislike. But what’s good about experiencing these in college is that you’re given the opportunity to change your ways. Since you can pinpoint which subjects you actually hate, looking for solutions will also come easier for you. Use this article as your guide, and for sure, you’ll soon cope with the subjects you hate.
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