How to Pay Attention in Class

With the holiday season in full swing, paying attention in class is more difficult than ever. How are you supposed to focus on history and mathematics when your mind is already full of travel plans and gift ideas for friends and family? Fortunately, you’re not alone and there are plenty of resources to help you stay focused. Here are a few tips to get started:
 
  1. Be an Active Listener
It’s easy to drift off into a daydream about what you’ll find under your Christmas tree this year during long lectures. In order to stay focused in class, practice active listening. You can do this by taking notes or even drawing. If you draw a visual representation of what your teacher is discussing, it’ll help you remember the lecture and retain the lesson better. Taking notes will also help you recall the important points of the lesson later.
 
  1. Participate
Participating in class by asking questions and engaging in discussions will help you focus on the content as well. You want to ask good questions and contribute valuable discussion points in class. In order to do this you have to engage with the material, which will help you focus and retain important information after class.
 
  1. Prepare
Before class, review your notes from previous lessons and catch up on the assigned reading. Having the material fresh in your mind will help you prepare questions and it will make it easier to pick up where you left off so you can focus on the lesson.
 
  1. Resist Distractions
It’s easy to get distracted by our mobile devices and classmates. You can avoid some distractions by simply turning off your mobile devices and putting them away. Other distractions are unavoidable such as a classmate sneezing. For the unavoidable distractions, you have to exhibit some self-control and resist the temptation to look or engage with those distractions. With some practice, resisting these distractions will become second nature and you’ll be able to ignore them completely while you’re focused on class.
 
By focusing in class and making your education a priority, you can enjoy your holidays more thoroughly. You won’t have to worry about what you missed in class while you were daydreaming and how it will affect your performance when classes resume. Developing your attention skills will also improve your chances of succeeding in college. If you’re interested in learning more about The Kiski School curriculum and how we help our students engage with the material, feel free to contact us!
 
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