“Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.”
- Thomas Szasz
Ngozi came back from school, she looked so tired and frown her face. Her dad looked at her and said “What’s the matter with you” You looked so tired.” Ngozi replied “Not at all” “But that’s unusual of you, you always looked radiant whenever you are back from school” said her dad. “Nothing sir” replied her. “How was your study today? Were you taught any new topic today?” asked her dad. Ngozi replied “I don’t ever know” Ngozi now tell me something is wrong” said her dad. “Dad nothing is wrong, I’m not just interested in anything today. I ever found it difficult to concentrate at school” she replied. Her dad said “That mean you are bored” “Something like that dad’ said Ngozi.
Her dad now encouraged her that “You see Ngozi, Boredom is an emptiness filled with insistence. It is like a pitiless zooming in on the epidermis of time. Every instant is dilated and magnified like the pores of the face. It is one of the major study problems. When you get bored, relax, go out to play a little bit come back and stay focused.”
Boredom is an emotional state experienced during periods lacking activity or when individuals are uninterested in the opportunities surrounding them. Boredom has been defined by C.D. Fisher in terms of its central psychological process. “An unpleasant, transient effective state in which the individual feels a pervasive lack of interest in and difficult concentrating on the current activity.”
When we say that we are bored what we mean is that we feel empty inside and that we have become fed up with the situation we find ourselves in at that given moment or at the lack of activity in our lives at any particularly instant.
Boredom can cause us to become complacent, can make us feel tired, jaded and listless and can make us procrastinate and become indecisive so in the end, we do nothing which just makes us even more fed up and bored.
How To Overcome Boredom At School
Staring at the clock, you wish you were at home, snuggled on the sofa, watching your favourite episode of “Binta & friends”. Instead, you’re scratching your head, having to put up with your boring Mathematics teacher. Face it. School is not the most exciting thing invented. The teachers talk and talk, and if they’re being quiet, it’s because they gave you an assignment, which means more misery. Unfortunately, you are required to go to it for 12 years (more if you get held back or got to university). Hmmmm!….With some help, however, you may get through it without dying of boredom.
- Try and get into the lesson. If you can. Make effort to be interested in your lesson. Be solemnly involved in your studies.
- Smile. Something small like this may not seem like much, but it can bring changes in other peoples’ attitudes right and left. It will also make you appear to be a friendly, happy, fun and warm person. You’ll have some new friends soon enough if you keep a good attitude.
- Stayed focused. To succeed in school, you have to have the right mind frame. Think of it like this; work hard now and reap the benefits later. Don’t let friends lead you off the path to success.
- Instill discipline. Try to be always present in school. That means only absent yourself when you are sick or when there is a family emergency. Plan your vacations and appointments for the weekends or times when school is not in session. Always be on time for school. While your teacher is teaching, keep quiet, unless he is asking for answers. If your friend want to talk to you in class, change the topic of discussion to something relevant to the subject being taught in class.
- Organize your study. Take down notes if you think your teacher is teaching something meaningful for your exams. Also, have a plan for what you are going to study. Include all vacations, breaks and movie outings and what not into your study plan. It is best if you could touch on every subject in one week.
- Relax! May be at the start of the day, state a list of ways you will relax at home after your homework. Take a shower, get your PJ’s on, have some ice cream, and just “veg out” on your bed and watch TV.
- Know your strengths. If it is Mathematics, try to get the best grade for Mathematics for examinations. So even if you aren’t that professional in Chemistry, your Mathematics results will balance out.
- Improve on the subject. One reason for boredom in school is that you may be weak at particular subjects, which causes you to have no interest in those subjects. Even if you are weak at these subjects, you can still make an effort towards the subject. This will eliminate your boredom in your subject in your subject, regardless how good you are in the subject.
- Stay positive. Having a good attitude will help you keep your spirits up when things seem to be falling apart around you. Stay calmed and relaxed if you get into some kind of trouble in school. Do these three things: Learn from mistakes, apologize and quit doing it again.