Having a hard time staying awake during lectures?
Being a student, I loved exams, yes, I really loved them, because they gave the opportunity to see what knowledge and skills I was able to get during the period of my study. And now I understand, that every exam was worth passing. But there was one small detail that did not give me any chance to enjoy my process of study in full, and these were… lectures. Yes, some dreaded lectures on mornings or incredibly boring lectures on afternoons – it does not matter actually; the main problem was that these lectures were difficult to listen till the very end without going asleep.
Certainly, every student knows how to deal with his different problems in college, and boring lectures were one of these problems for me. I bet, many today’s students will agree with me here, as I do not know any young person who would like ALL lectures he has at college or university. The main thing is to stay awake during such lectures, and here some quite creative methods and solutions come. Have you ever tried any of them?
#1. Listen carefully
It is not easy to do, when you find this lecture boring, but you CAN do that! Do not sit and think of how boring this lecture is, and how sleepy you are at the moment. Try listening to your professor carefully, and pay attention to what he says. It may sound strange to you, but when you listen to your professor, his lecture may suddenly appear very interesting.
Moreover, do not be passive. Think critically on everything a lecturer days, ask questions… As far as you understand, it will be more difficult to call such a lecture boring, when you take an active part in its discussion. And plus, it gives your brain some kind of a workout, when it is difficult to fall asleep actually.
#2. Take colorful notes
We all know, that students should write down some information during lectures. Well, they usually do it. Moreover, they usually do it automatically and without thinking, because they just try to get as much information as possible to think on it later. Such a method does not give positive results, because it can not make a lecture more interesting and memorable.
Did you try using different colorful pens to write down the information needed? When you use different colors for different info, it will be easier for you to remember it, and the lecture will not seem so boring for you anymore, as you make it more colorful and creative yourself.
P.S. Highlighters would be also great to make a certain material more noticeable and memorable.
#3. Avoid staring off
The easiest way to fall asleep during a lecture is staring off into one spot or space, that is why try to avoid it. Believe me, you will fall asleep… literary! Use all your will, force yourself to pay attention to something particular. It’s a kind of self-discipline of course, but no one says that it will hurt you.
Isn’t it more embarrassing, when your professor notices you sleeping during his lecture? He will definitely remember this moment, and he will definitely remind you about this fact during a test or exams.
A small trick here: always sit in front of your professor. It is much easier to fall asleep, if you sit in the back of your classroom or out of your professor’s sight. Even if his lecture is boring for you, you will hardly fall asleep, knowing that he can see you.
#4. It is like a game
Feel bored? Just count how many people are in the classroom at the moment. How many of them write the info down? Which of them use different gadgets instead of textbooks? Just make this boring lecture a kind of a game!
Do not forget about your professor as well. How often does he say “Hmmmm..” for example? Such an approach will help you stay awaken and kill time, but do not get involved TOO much, because you will risk to lose the point of the lecture itself.
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