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MidnightMusician

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Hi All!

Anyone got any tips on what to do to "switch" my brain on when it comes to learning?

I am currently studying at university and find it extremely hard, in fact, nigh on impossible to learn anything.

Every time I try and engage my brain to learn I either feel really fatigued (after as little as 10 mins sometimes) or just only 10% goes in. What's the answer? It's very frustrating.

Any links to videos or sites or any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
 
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hello midnight that sounds like information overload to me. something that i have struggled with all of my life oh and depression.

however at times i can study round the clock but i do have more times where i cant do that. as to what you can do about it .....when i was at college i used to keep going for energetic walks to deal with the stress (didnt have a diagnoses back then not that a label helps) that helped.

i also have dyslexia in the area of comprehension what i learn and what i can regurgitate is the best way i can describe it.:evil: i find it difficult to organise my thoughts

can you go and get some help and guidance at the uni.

have a look at this see what you think
http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/common/ckeditor/filemanager/userfiles/Adult-Checklist.pdf

also found this
How to Avoid an Information Overload? | News | Grenoble Ecole de Management
:goodluck:
 
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Hi Midnight! I'm just talking from my personal experience. I'm currently studying at university and had been struggling with courses (even failed a few the last two years). I've been trying to determine what's the problem and learned that I lost motivation.

Mindset is really important as I learned from experience. I didn't have the right mindset which sees my learning suffer. Now, you might not be lacking motivation but do you have doubts or lack confidence? University can be very tough and isn't for everyone. Many young people enter it not knowing they aren't ready.

I'm also curious what you are doing after 10 min when you feel fatigued. Is there something you'd rather do other than studying. I know I get distracted easily and there are definitely things I'd rather do than hitting the books that seem boring and doesn't get my interest.

Just my thoughts on the topic so these may or may not help you. I'd be happy to discuss more if you reply to this. Good luck with school! I've been having the worst so far.
 
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i notice that you have done a thread like this in 2014. obviously this is a long term thing. dont be embarrassed to get help is what i am thinking seeing as you are asking the same question more or less
 
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MidnightMusician

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Yes Rick I think I too have failed this year and yes blacksmoke, it's been a recurring theme for years. I just don't know what's wrong. Probably depression but I can't see a way of overcoming it. I've researched as much as I can on the internet, looked at every avenue but just seem to go 'round in circles.


I do have lots of help at university (exhausted every avenue really) but seems that as soon as I have to do any learning for myself, I get easily confused, nothing seems to go in (or some does but it's not often), I get agitated and quite easily distracted. Perhaps I'm just ADD or something but I don't have bad behaviour as such. Have toyed with the idea of dyslexia too but I don't know. It's just focus and distraction and soaking up the info which obviously causes more disbelief and depression. Doesn't help with your self-esteem all this.


I'm not on any meds at the moment and wondered whether anti-depressants might help me stay focussed and stuff.
 
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i do so thoroughly sympathise with you, as i have not managed to make good but then i also was crippled with severe lack of confidence. i had to reluctantly give up the academic struggle of two decades worth as it was hopeless. and that is chuffing horrible i can tell you.

have you thought that you just aint student material. that is what i had to accept in the end. no career, no spectrum of choices for me. life aint fair thats for certain. and yet peeps think that i am quite intelligent just not good at remembering bllks.

i can even say when mine began. it was when i was an infant. whilst i was at this school a teacher went to great pains to bully me and in front of the class. so i lost all confidence and from that point on i put the silent fingers up to the education establishment a rebel with a lost cause.

all you can do is do your best and get through uni. do you have unrealistic expectations? i mean we are all different. i hate this academic pedestal crap the winner takes it all and peeps like me and you want to have a better life but we are blocked because we aint that brill and remembering in parrot fashion a lot of dry n dull "facts" which btw change anyway. all a joke really.

i aint a fan of meds so i cant comment. it might help if you do some regular walking/cycling/gym after all taking a tab aint going to solve all of the problems. for me it impaired me further.

but it takes time ,effort, discipline and motivation have you got what it takes to do it? i know that i struggle with these things. but in the long term they are far more healthier and no nasty side affects.
 
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Sorry to hear that blacksmoke.

Yeah I feel I'm really intelligent, just not in the same ways. I used to busk and could remember 120 songs in my heyday. When I say remember as well, every intricate chord. If it was an Asus4, it would be an Asus4 and not an A chord. Stuff like that. I was pedantic but I am the Midnight Musician haha! I suppose that's more memory though, if there's a difference?

I have been tempted to take up running as it goes. Exercise is always sited as great for mental health and also give me something to focus my mind on when I'm not studying and also keep me fit.

Might help my motivation too?
 
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thanks Midnight
well that is far more than i have managed.

maybe the running would be a good thing. funny that i have been thinking of maybe doing some running through an organised event cant do it on my own. yeah exercise helps with the feel good serotonin levels i believe.
 
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Hi All!

Anyone got any tips on what to do to "switch" my brain on when it comes to learning?

I am currently studying at university and find it extremely hard, in fact, nigh on impossible to learn anything.

Every time I try and engage my brain to learn I either feel really fatigued (after as little as 10 mins sometimes) or just only 10% goes in. What's the answer? It's very frustrating.

Any links to videos or sites or any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
If you're getting really fatigued after just 10 minutes, that would suggest one of two things. Either you have a low attention span, or you are extremely stressed. Possibly both. If you have a low attention span, you give up quite soon. Also, research has shown that being under very high anxiety drastically reduces recall. Perhaps you should engage in some stress-reducing activities such as sport or meditation - both are very good in reducing stress so maybe look into it.

Much love <3
 
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MidnightMusician

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Thank you R_Sxo!

I really need to do some mindfulness and distressing and definitely more exercise.
 
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I would maybe suggest that if you can, maybe see if you can get some additional support fron your uni. I dont know if its the same, but I do know after I left college, went to work for few years, and went back to college a second time, I found it difficult at first, as I had been away from education for a few years, and it took my brain some time to get in gear.
From my own experience, I always found that it was good to have a bit of "me" time, to break up the periods of doing coursework/revision, as you old grey matter needs some chill out time.
 
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