If you check my history on MSE, you'll see that I was very active about 1/2 a year ago. Right now I'm working and socializing a lot, which is important, but I also have spare time to devote to my math studies. However, I find it very hard to get back into it, if you know what I mean. What do you do to concentrate on your studies?

I find that some days I'm more awake after work (in the evening), so would that be a better time to study?


  • $\begingroup$ So you like starting out in the evening ? $\endgroup$ – Lucian Apr 9 '14 at 22:05
  • $\begingroup$ I have a hard time understanding this type of questions. The solution is simple: You got to study, there is no other way around it. What to do to concentrate? Whip your brain with the fact that you have to study, and then sit down and study. Yes, it is painful. $\endgroup$ – Lord Soth Apr 9 '14 at 22:07
  • $\begingroup$ @Lucian yeah I saw that movie! $\endgroup$ – Shine On You Crazy Diamond Apr 9 '14 at 23:06
  • $\begingroup$ @LordSoth, so you're saying motivation is a good trick. But I have the motivation, I just get distracted easily. $\endgroup$ – Shine On You Crazy Diamond Apr 9 '14 at 23:06

Yes, especially as one "gets older" (which for a 20-something might mean approaching 30, while for other of us it means something else!), one notices that one's mind and body both have daily rhythms that are hard to change, hard to ignore, hard to "overcome".

Thus, yes, it is wise to observe where/when one has the right kind of mental+physical energy for various things, whether they be "tasks" or something more positive.

I disagree with people who claim that study has to be painful... Maybe certain classes in school are unpleasant, but that's a not-necessarily-related complaint. Classes are made painful by other people. True, bad writing can make reading unpleasant, but my advice is to not subject oneself tooooo passively to bad writing. Or to boring writing. If you are studying for your own interest/pleasure, an unhelpful author is... unhelpful. (Don't listen to gossip/mythology about must-do tests of your machismo. Srsly... )

I work intermittently all day long, but there are certain points, correlated with time-of-day and amount-of-caffeine, in which the most productive things happen. Correlated with my exercise-time, too.

  • $\begingroup$ Great response. Congrats on keeping up your exercise routine! I should do that :D $\endgroup$ – Shine On You Crazy Diamond Apr 9 '14 at 23:08

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