By Zainab Shahid, Karachi
You want to learn and pay attention in class but some subjects are just so boring! What to do when you can’t pay attention in class?
Some subjects can really be quite boring. They are dull and dry and the monotone voice of the teacher makes it even worse for you to be attentive. You’re sleepy all the time and half of the time you don’t even know what the class is about. You find yourself day-dreaming, lost in the world of fantasy. Sadly, exams are inevitable and fantasies and the day dreams won’t be of much help. You’re either in deep water or even deeper water! To avoid such cases, all you can do is: increase your attention span with a few tricks and ace those exams and shock everyone.
Don’t Hear, Listen: Hearing and listening are synonyms but they have a subtle difference. Hearing is your sense – the things that you hear regardless of their significance. You hear things even when you don’t want to. Listening, whereas, can be described as being voluntary. If it’s intentional, then you’ll understand the meanings and you’ll grasp what’s being said. You hear voices all around you: the clicking of keyboard keys, the message tone of your phone. You listen to songs; you remember the lyrics, you try to understand the meaning. The same has to be done during a class. You need to listen; try to grasp what the teacher is talking about, what the subject matter is. Try going to the roots of the subject. The key is to trick your brain into listening and not just plain hearing. You can be an avid listener by practicing. This skill can only come with time and practice.
Take Notes: Listening in the class room would already bring about much change. Listening is not the same as memorizing, it’s different. Don’t lose heart if you forget what you studied. Take notes; this is a good way to remember important points that you might miss otherwise. These notes will aid you in the exam and help you remember things. Moreover, you could take notes in coloured pens. Humans are attracted to more vibrant colours. A colourful note of a dull subject would help you learn with a greater interest. Furthermore, make you own notes when you’re studying. This will help you to remember what you’ve written. But don’t write as a formality but understanding.
Resist Distractions: Try to resist any distractions that come in your way. In a dry classroom, even the white painted walls seem to interest you more than the subject matter. What you could do is: try focusing on the letters relating to the subject matter on the board or multimedia. Try concentrating on what the teacher is trying to explain. Comprehend with a relaxed mind. The greater the practice the more the resistance to distractions, this will also assist you to become a better listener. Do not sprawl. Sit attentively; straighten your back when you sit.
Prepare Questions Before Hand: Try going through the lectures every day before class. This will help you to decipher the purpose of the next lecture and you won’t sit in the class without having any idea about what’s going on. If you have any questions that you didn’t understand, jot them down and ask the teacher before the inauguration of the new lecture. Asking more questions will enable the teacher to know your name. Coming in the teachers attention will likely bring results: they’ll know you’re a good student, they’ll boast your academic skills in front of the students, the other teachers and even your parents during the parent teacher meetings. One way to seek attention of the teacher is to sit in front. By in front it doesn’t mean the first seat of the class but the seat where the teacher can clearly see you. Participation in class activities will also enable your interest to increase.
Organizational Skills: Try to stay as organized as possible. Large multinationals CEO’s stay organized and get work done as quickly as possible. They break long corporate aims into small achievable goals. You can do the same by setting same goals that will enable you to achieve success. Write down your goals on yellow pages and stick them around your house: your dressing, your fridge, your bed. You can save these goals in your Smartphone as reminders. Staying organize will help you to avoid last minute confusions- which always bring distress. Reward yourself after you have achieved one or two goals. This will help you stay motivated.
Sleep Tight: Don’t sleep until late if you have to attend a morning class. Lack of sleep will cause the brain performance to slow down. You won’t be able to pay attention or focus in class. Everything will make you sleepy. Sleep right and on time, this way when you come in the morning, you’ll feel fresh and your brain performance will be significantly higher.
Eat and Drink Wisely: Don’t go hungry in a class. Hunger can lead to focus problems. Eat enough to satisfy your hunger for hours. Don’t overeat- this will lead to laziness and you don’t want that in class. Drink enough water to stay hydrated. Drinking more water flushes out your toxins and keeps you healthy. Always keep a water bottle with you during class. This will help avoid unnecessary distractions.
Attention is influenced by memory. This means that if you refresh your memory and trick your brain into attention, you will succeed. Practicing is the key to attention.
In order, to become a good student or even pay attention in boring classes, all you need to do is practice. A-graders are never out of focus. They can focus and pay attention in almost every class. All they have are the skills that you can furnish, too. Don’t give up if you fail once. Try again and try until you succeed. Learn from your mistakes. If you prosper in one subject, you can do it every subject and then in every field of life. These skills will not only help you get grades but they’ll also assist you in your professional life.