The Lazy Student #3 Issue

April 3, 2010  |  Lazy Student Series

Today you’ll discover a way to learn and memorize information without actually doing something. Sounds too good to be true? Well it’s not, because here’s how to do it.

During each lesson, bring a simple recording device like an mp3-player or a tape recorder of some sort. Now start recording (unless your teacher for some reason doesn’t want to be recorded). Not only will you have an archive of all the lessons in the course but you’ll make it A LOT easier to find specific parts of information. No more “I think the teacher said this” “No, I think he said this” etc

Here’s the lazy student tip: Listen to these recordings on the bus or when walking from or to school. You’ll make use of your time while at the same time learning indirectly. That is how we do it!

About the author

ABDERISAK ADAM is an author, blog writer and a PhD candidate in the institution of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology. He is also the owner and webmaster of, a website dedicated to the discussion of study techniques in the context of higher education. Adam is the author of a number of publications including 'The Study Guide PRO'. You can connect with him through Google+, Linkedin or by submitting a form.


  1. Chan daravichay

    Dear Sir

    My name is Vichay , I’m studying in Italy now and I’m the only student in classe who isn’t understand the lesson because I’ve to learn in Italian language so make me lazy to study.All the professors they speak so fast that make completely headeach when I keeping to listen. Now I study in faculty of social science.

    Could you please tell me the to study ???
    Thank you in advence

  2. Hello sir!

    It can most certainly be difficult to study in a climate where everyone speaks quickly. You shouldn’t be discouraged by this though, instead of trying to cath every word the professor says try to stay focused on the most important things he says. They’ll usually slow down or reiterate a thing if it’s really important. Also, spend more time reading than listening. You’ll probably learn way more if you sit with your books than by listening to a swift speaking teacher.

  3. hello um. . .i have a small problem. i have a very good grasping, very good understanding and applying. when i sit down to study, for the first few minutes, i will have excellent interest and concentration. but as i continue, i will lose both. no matter how much i try, or how much i practice concentration sustaining techniques, i cant study. as a result, i, who was the topper till school,now coming down to an average student. my parents dont know the reason and are worried bout my falling marks. i am doing my BE now. please help.

  4. vishnu u are not alone in your boat. lots of students who are toppers at school, don’t do as well at college. one of the main reasons is as long we go to school we are at home more, once we go to college we either go to hostels or spend more time hanging out with friends. when you are in school how did you maintain your interest..? think about it try using the same technique.
    if all else fails then simply mug up for 1 or 2 tests. force yourself. just top 1 test. then you’ll develop interest. you’ll start understanding better…. you will like to read or do something you are good at. you just need the initial nudge. don’t worry too much about it. some subjects are very dry at coll.
    spend the most time on subjects you hate… so ur semester marks are equal in all subjects
    hope this helped you.

  5. I am a student who completed tenth recently i got less marks in s.s.c exams. I CRIED A LOT FOR FOR MARKS. I LOST THEM BECAUSE I WAS LAZY.SO PLEASE DONT BE LAZY

  6. I’m studying in singapore. We are not allowed to use devices like recording devices, is there any other suggestion? I couldn’t memorise a math formula well and because of this almost all my additional math test i get F9. Is there any suggestion on this too?

  7. I see…

    We’ll you could take a look at our math section if you need some math help. There’s lots of free videos, software, guides and old exams. Feel free to look around and grab anything you like.

  8. Hello counsellor,my problem is kind of a continuation to that of Vishnu’s.I am doing my T.E. now,and have acquired dissatisfactory grades in F.E. and S.E. Actually,my main problem, is that I just cannot study the subject which disinterests me, and I like only those subjects whose professors teach well. Now at school level, all teachers were really good, but at college level, it is causing me a lot of trouble,since all my professors DO NOT teach well.PLEASE GUIDE ME because I am really starting to feel like ” WHAT AM I DOING IN ENGINEERING ?”
    Thank You.

  9. priya, dont worry everyone has that phase in life..why dont you sit for SSC again !! hurray..gud luck,,

  10. hello. thank you very much for your site, it is wonderful!!! i am studying medecine in france and it is very difficult to pass 2nd year; i didn’t succeed last year only for a couple of places, and now i am strating all again, but i don’t have the strenght nor the moral to do so…and i don’t know what to do, i am procrastinating all the time with my computer…i am afraid to fail…i would be really grateful if you could help me…
    thank you very much.

  11. Thanks for the delightful comment Ines,

    Concerning your question, as a student of medicine you’re probably already used to studying a lot. The key however isn’t always to study a lot but to study efficiently. If you can optimize your studying sessions so get the most amount of study during the least amount of time you can save lots of hours that would of otherwise gone to waste.

    Be very vigilant when you’re reading, avoid dozing off or reading too much of filler material (e.g notes, “for your information” content etc) and focus on the primary material first and foremost. Furthermore, ask someone from the second/third year students to explain to you what the most important parts of the course is and which parts that are not as important.

    Thirdly and most importantly, develop a passion for what you do. You shouldn’t just aspire to be a doctor, you should aspire to be an extraordinary doctor. Be up to date with the current medical research, subscribe on medical journals, read up on your homework prior to attending lectures, in short read and breath medicine.

    Once you’ve done this, studying will become second nature and it will feel a lot easier to do.

  12. i am lazy to study how improve

  13. Hello sir,

    I have a problem. My problem is that: I do not like all the home and assignment that provided by teacher. All I want is google and searching by my self. I do not like class.

    I do not have any feel to do what they want me to do at all. 🙁

    How can I do?
    Thank you so mcuh.


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