Yawn! 4 ways to stay awake in a boring lecture

How you can study awake in the most boring lecture and still learn

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a lecture theatre listening to the boring monotone voice of the speaker? Instead of falling asleep, try these four tips to ensure you are making the most of your learning time:

Eliminate distractions during study time:

Switch off your mobile phone, avoid Facebook and stop looking at the clock. Distractions will make the lecture seem even longer, so avoid them at all costs.

Prepare yourself to learn: 

Before you step into the lecture theatre, review last week’s notes and readings. It will not only help to put what the lecturer is saying into context, it will also enable you to take in new information on the topic.

Avoid the back row in the lecture theatre:

The closer you are to the front row, the more likely you are to feel the lecturer is speaking directly to you – which will help keep you engaged. The lecturer is also more likely to notice when you are starting to nod off if you are up the front, which will keep you on your toes!

Acknowledge your emotional state before class:

If you’re feeling stressed, or tired, acknowledge it, but tell yourself you’ll deal with it after the lecture. Set aside any negativity and be present in the moment – your future self will thank you for it. 

So there you have it – lectures don’t have to be a drag, they are actually valuable learning experiences. And remember, your lecturer’s voice will seem a whole lot more interesting when you’re in the exam trying to remember what they said.

Top tips to stay engaged in a dull class:

  • Remove all distractions
  • Prepare before you head into the lecture theatre
  • Sit as close to the front as possible
  • Avoid negative feelings 


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