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Suppose that I need to study a topic which is required by/for my university/job/career, and that the provided resources are either: 1) very hard to learn; 2) boring or tedious.

Is there any way to develop a solid and genuine interests in that topic, even though it initially seems difficult for me to dig into?

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I always find a topic more interesting if I can relate it directly to a current project (personal or work) that I'm doing. It helps me apply the material after learning it, which can help me see why it's useful and also how I can use it. – Raystafarian Dec 20 '13 at 19:41
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Developing interest and motivation is kind of a fuzzy topic, but in my experience it helps if I remind myself why I need or better want to do something. Why it is the best thing for me to do right now and then set myself challenges, break down tasks etc.

Its really important though to get the sense of you want to do it. You want it to become your mission that you have to fulfill, the Monster you have to slay. I tend to get martial with those things.

I Hope that helps.

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I think it depend on the topics you are studying. But I find it easier to learn if I can practice and apply the things I read right away. Besides I think for something that you are not interested in, it starts to become an interest when you start becoming good at it and you know the purpose of knowing it (Not becoz of job requirement), and that takes time.

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First: find a study method that suits you. Everybody has his own particular method to get the best from study sessions: you have to find yours, too. Try to understand whether you learn faster/better by passively reading materials or by applying concepts to a variety of examples; search for a note-taking system that awards your effort, that makes things you're learning solid in your mind. It's not easy, but it's worthy the effort.

Second: relate these things to one you like. Take a moment to think about how you can use the things you're going to study in your daily job situations. If they're somehow related to stuff you already know, it'll be easier to understand and maybe get yourself a little passionate about new topics.

Third: you must study that. why don't make it at your best? It's not something you're doing in your spare time. It's that kind of matter that can help you asking for a raise, that can make you have big progresses in your career. It's really worth the effort.

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If the study material are badly organised, don't use them but design your own way to study the topic. I personally like Anki a lot. Studying any topic is fun with Anki.

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I noticed you are recommending Anki a lot in several of your answers. If you are just a happy user that's fine, but note that this site requires you to mention any affiliation. – THelper Jul 28 '14 at 8:41
@THelper : Despite being a daily user of Anki, my affiliation with Anki is that I have an active forum account over there with normal user privileges. I haven't contributed any code or otherwise have formal ties. – Christian Jul 28 '14 at 11:00
I use the offline version of Anki... Index cards. I prefer to study with no computer. Opening the computer leads to "Just open email/facebook" this leads to the dark side of procrastination for hours. – borjab Sep 9 at 14:08

I would seriously consider not doing it given the little bakground you've described. making knowledge stick when there is little interest seldom works in my experience.

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