Closeup of white pages in a book curled into a heart shape, shaded red inside

5 Inspired Tips to Help Romanticize Your Studies

Tricking yourself into thinking homework is more fun than it actually is will make it feel like less of a chore. Try romanticizing it with these five tips!

Schoolwork can easily become a dreaded, mundane part of your schedule. It seems to drag on and on until you’re bored out of your mind and stuck re-reading the same sentence for hours. But what if you could change that mindset? What if your studies became something you find yourself looking forward to—less of an obligation and more of a hobby? You can do this by “romanticizing” studying and homework—aka making it seem more appealing than it really is. Read on for five tips to help you do just that!

1. Get inspired

Having the right role model makes all the difference with any goal. For inspiration, go on a hunt for movies, TV shows, and books that shine a positive, desirable light on schoolwork. The early 2000s TV series Gilmore Girls (available to stream on Netflix) and the 1989 film Dead Poets Society (included with an Amazon Prime Video subscription) are perfect examples of what you should be looking for. Be sure to keep an eye out for driven characters as you watch, as they could end up being just the example you need. Creating a Pinterest board of the aesthetic you’re going for could also help boost your motivation.

Related: How to Fight Procrastination and Find Your Motivation

2. Create an incentive

It’s much easier (and more enjoyable) to complete a task when you have a reason to do so. As for what that reason may be, you know better than anyone what will prompt you to reach your goals. Try being creative! You could make a habit of starting every study session with a delicious coffee or treating yourself to 15 minutes of screen time during your study breaks. Whatever you choose, it’s important to keep a consistent routine to make achieving your daily goals even easier.

3. Switch up the setting

Sometimes all you need to cure a studying slump is a change in scenery. If you’re spending too much time getting sidetracked by your phone or bedroom, consider relocating to a new spot. Being outside of your element can prompt better productivity, similar to the way some students thrive under the pressure of a close deadline. Not sure where to go? Local coffee shops and libraries often provide free Wi-Fi and allow you to stay for as long as you please. If you’re unable to leave your home, ambiance playlists (like this dark academia one from YouTube) are the perfect option to virtually transport yourself to another reality.

Related: Video: College Study Spots

4. Stop dreading your assigned reading

Academically assigned reading material is infamous for being boring and, thus, often put off until the last possible moment. But it doesn’t have to be that way! One of my favorite ways to make assigned reading more engaging is to keep a couple different colored highlighters with me when I read and assign a specific purpose for each. For example, you could use yellow for honorable quotes, blue for dates and times, and green for metaphors. This system will force you to be active enough to catch the things you need to highlight. I also recommend tracking your progress with an app such as Goodreads to have a visual representation of your day-to-day achievements. Additionally, it’s beneficial to have a second novel of your choice to read in intervals with the assigned reading as extra motivation.

5. Keep a journal

Having somewhere to digest your thoughts and stay organized is essential for students on a strict class regimen. You can use a journal to track your moods, record highlighted lines from your assigned books, and map out your study plan. If you’re more creatively inclined, you may also enjoy rewriting scenes you read while studying, or even fictionalizing moments from your day. Taking notes of everything you remember at the end of your study session will boost your memory comprehension, and reading back over these notes regularly will make it easier for you to recall the information when you need it. Ultimately, what you write is up to you. Dedicate a page here and there to doodling or a crossword if that’s what you want to do—just remember to have fun with it.

Related: 3 Mindful Activities to Help Students Beat the Winter Blues

For the amount of time you spend learning and studying, it shouldn’t be something you dread. I hope these five simple tips to romanticize your school experience have inspired you to transform your studies into a more enjoyable activity. Good luck and happy studying!

Need a quick study break right now? Browsing our College Lists & Rankings is another fun way to step away from your schoolwork but still make progress in your college search!

Like what you’re reading?

Join the CollegeXpress community! Create a free account and we’ll notify you about new articles, scholarship deadlines, and more.

Join Now


About Hailey Myers

Hailey Myers is a homeschooled high school student from California. She's been drawn to literature and creative activities from a young age and is ecstatic to share what she knows with fellow students. 


Join our community of
over 5 million students!

CollegeXpress has everything you need to simplify your college search, get connected to schools, and find your perfect fit.

Join CollegeXpress
Chris Bell

Chris Bell

Bell College Consulting

The college lists on CollegeXpress are indispensable for sussing out creative additions to a student’s list, and the college-specific pages provide terrific commentary and suggestions for related schools. CollegeXpress is among the most trusted sources I use for information for my students.

Rana Slosberg

Rana Slosberg

Slosberg College Solutions LLC

My favorite part of CollegeXpress is the 800+ lists which have all kinds of hard-to-find information. These lists are helpful when I’m creating college lists, and I also use them to give students a feel for a particular college or university.

Yuhlani Patterson

Yuhlani Patterson

High School Student

CollegeXpress has helped me find so many scholarships that fit me. They match me to colleges I have specific interest in to make searching for colleges way easier and more efficient. CollegeXpress refers me to schools that have my major of interest and backup schools if I want to change my mind. CollegeXpress also gives out their own scholarships, so you have even more of a chance at gaining multiple scholarships. This website has helped me de-stress from the pressure of not being able to afford college, [of finding] what schools are right for me, and how to find easy access to scholarships that most people never knew existed.

Joseph Johnsly

Joseph Johnsly

High School Class of 2021

It's an honor for me to be writing to share a little about my experience with CollegeXpress. I've been using CollegeXpress for about a year now, and the reason why I chose it is because it provides astonishing scholarships for every student around the globe. Besides that, this organization dispenses all the information necessary to help students get to college. CollegeXpress has helped me have an easier experience with applying to colleges and choosing the best fit for myself.

Laura Wallace

Laura Wallace

High School Class of 2019

My favorite part of CollegeXpress is that it features student writers so I get an inside perspective from students slightly older and farther along than me. I realize that other college websites also utilize student writers; however, I relate the most to the college writers that I read articles from on CollegeXpress.

College Matches

Colleges You May Be Interested In

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY