How do I stay awake in class? I have a particularly boring professor, and I’m hoping you would have a few suggestions on how I can pay attention.
First off, thank you for your question, Sleep-Deprived. I always appreciate getting them, so keep ‘em coming!
Second, I wouldn’t start off by calling your professor boring. I think that’ll just be frowned upon.
Lastly, my advice is to bring coffee, and LOTS of it. Anyone who knows me knows that I am an avid coffee drinker. Hey! There’s another fun fact about me.
Now, I can honestly say this is not the cheapest route (I’m already out of dining dollars and I started with $100 at the beginning of the semester. I blame those milkshakes at Einstein’s. They’re just so damn good.) Anyhow, if coffee is not in your wheelhouse (for some people it’s not) I would go with water. I feel like whenever I bring water to class, I’m somehow more attentive and alert. I think it’s because you kind of keep yourself busy with something that doesn’t distract you. I don’t know, but it works for me.
Other than beverages, you can go to class with the intention of paying attention. Bring your notes, pencils, laptop, what not and try to focus. Now I know it’s hard to resist the illustriousness of the Internet, but do try. I usually keep all my tabs open on Firefox, but when I need to get actual work done, I close them. Pinterest, Facebook, and even Tumblr. They all go bye-bye.
Try to sit closer to the front of class if you feel you just can’t resist them all. Maybe if the professor is less than 10 feet from you, you’ll be more inclined to keep your notes up on the screen.
In regards to having a boring professor, that’s unfortunate. I’d like to think CNU has some amazing people employed here. So try a little harder to listen to them, talk to them after class and review a few things if need be. I know they can sometimes sound like the adults in Peanuts’ cartoons (Wah-wah-wah, wah-wah), but you’re paying quite a chunk of change to go here so you might as well try to show up and pay attention in class.
If all of that doesn’t work, I don’t know what you could do. Maybe resort to the osmosis theory of learning and sleep on your textbook in class. Hopefully something will sink in.