3 Tips for Surviving Boring College Classes

It’s true, there are some boring college classes and it’s hard to pay attention. You could be a writing major in a biology class, or vice versa. You find it hard to pay attention, even more so if it is an afternoon class. You look out the window, think about what you’ll have for dinner, or start to daydream about the guy you met Friday night. While you’re distracted, however, you could be missing important information that will make or break your grade! Use these three simple suggestions to get the most out of your class time.

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Take a small snack and a drink with you to class.

Unless your instructor tells you otherwise or you’re in a computer lab and those are the rules, you’re allowed to bring a small snack and a drink with you to class. Have a favorite cereal bar? Pack it in your bag. Also, invest in a thermos or a cup that can keep your liquids cold, like a Tervis. This allows you to keep your mind focused instead of letting thirst and hunger distract you.

Sit in the front.

You’ve heard it a million times, but it is totally true. Studies have shown that people who sit in the front and middle rows of a classroom learn the most because they are more likely to stay focused. Sitting in the back causes too many distractions, and if you are in a big classroom, there is a chance you could sleep or end up people watching. Cut out this extra distraction and aim for the front of the class.

Get plenty of sleep.

That means avoiding stimulants like caffeine and nicotine late in the day. Also, limit your intake of electronic consumption, meaning limit your television, internet, or gaming time.  Shut everything down, including your body, and get a good night’s rest.

Have any other suggestions for fellow victims of the dreadful boring college classes? Let us know in the comment section below!

5 thoughts on “3 Tips for Surviving Boring College Classes

  1. If they have an annoying idiosyncrasy, keep track of how many times they do it. I had a friend who had a teacher with “interesting dynamic” as his go-to phrase to describe everything. My friend kept tally marks each day of how many times he’d say it. I was in that same room for a class right afterwards, and I’d always ask him how many “interesting dynamics” he counted that day. It’s a great way to make class more fun and you’ll pay attention to what they say more too!

  2. Don’t just take pictures of the teachers Power points or the board. Right real notes with pen and paper. Having to write will also keep you awake.

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