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TipsForSuccess: Why You May Hate to Study


Why You May Hate to Study

No doubt about it. To be successful, you need to read and apply instructions. You must know how to study written material and then use it on your job or in life.

Yet if you get a headache or feel bored or frustrated while studying, you will look for excuses to quit.

One reason people get those feelings and fail to learn certain subjects is they try to study the subjects without seeing the actual objects in front of them.

"You're trying to teach this fellow all about tractors and you're not giving him any tractors. Well, he's going to wind up with a face that feels squashed, with headaches and with his stomach feeling funny. He's going to feel dizzy from time to time and very often his eyes are going to hurt." -- L. Ron Hubbard

Which would you prefer? A three-hour lecture on how to train dogs or a dog-training workshop where you bring your own dog and try out what you learn? Which method would work best for you?

Unfortunately, most education does not offer the "mass" or physical objects to show you how things actually work. For example, you listen to a lecture about managing employees with no stories or demonstrations. You read about cutting hair from a book that has no pictures of people's hair. You learn how to set up a website with no computer.

Without the objects of the subject, you eventually feel dizzy or get a headache. Your eyes might hurt. You might feel bored or exasperated, like you are frustrated, angry or annoyed.

If you think about it, the most difficult subjects involve the least amount of mass or physical objects. Most people do not enjoy studying laws, computer language or accounting because very few objects are involved.

Yet you can enjoy studying any subject if you can see or create a demonstration to envision how
something works.

How to Do Your Own Demonstrations

Of course, the best physical object or mass you can use is the object itself. Go look at the airplane, chemical reaction or construction method you are studying.

When the object is unavailable, you can use small objects on your desk to show an interaction.

"A 'demonstration' or 'demo' is usually done with a 'demo kit' which consists of various small objects such as corks, caps, paper clips, pen tops, rubber bands, etc. The student demonstrates an idea or principle with his hands, the paperclips on his desk, etc." -- L. Ron Hubbard

For example, you are reading about a complicated legal problem between the government, two companies and five individuals. You feel bored and want to get a snack, but instead, you demonstrate the problem. You use a coffee cup to represent the government, two wooden blocks to represent the two companies and five rubber bands to represent the individuals. You move the objects around showing who is fighting with who. The legal problem now seems simple and you are no longer bored.

"Sketching is also a part of demonstration and part of working things out." -- L. Ron Hubbard

For example, you are learning how to design kitchens and read that you should use a triangle between the refrigerator, sink and stove. This makes no sense and you start to get a headache. You realize you need a demonstration so you pull out a piece of paper and draw little boxes for the refrigerator, sink and stove at the points of a triangle. You then add some cabinets and it suddenly makes more sense. Your headache goes away and you get excited to design your first kitchen.


Keep these five feelings in mind whenever you study:

1. Headaches
2. Dizziness
3. Feel squashed, such as head pressure
4. Stomach feels funny
5. Eyes hurt

When you get one of these feelings, do not give up. Do not continue to study in spite of the feeling. Instead, go look at the object or demonstrate it until the feeling goes away.

You can learn more about study technology at

As a result of using L. Ron Hubbard's study technology, you will experience joy while learning. You'll feel confident and excited about the subject. Best of all, you will successfully use what you have learned in the real world.

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