How To Avoid Distractions In Class

Most college students have things they would rather be occupied with than course lectures, but the fact is, you are in college to educate yourself, not play computer games. Avoiding distractions is essential to your learning experience and will benefit you when it comes to studying later for exams.

Though it may seem impossible at times, there are many feasible ways to avoiding diverting your attention from lectures.

In the wake of the technology age, it is common practice to bring laptops to class to take notes, but this is not always necessarily a good option if you are easily distracted. When our Facebook, Twitter, blogs and online gaming sites are at our fingertips, taking notes on the material can take a back seat to these distractions.

Ditch the Laptop

The number-one way to avoid distractions in class is by avoiding bringing your laptop to class or avoiding being near a computer. Think of how many distractions a computer provides you with. If you eliminate it at its source, you will listen for attentively.

Now, some classes either require you to bring your computer to class, or force you to take so many notes that the only way to get them all down is by typing them. For these classes, you can make an exception, but it’s rare you will have classes that truly have enough notes that not having a computer makes it impossible. So for all of your other classes, ditch the computer.

Think of it this way, if you must bring your computer to a demanding note-taking session, you really shouldn’t be bothering with Solitaire, or Twitter anyway because you have so many notes to take.

Turn off your Cell Phone

Another seemingly obvious way to avoid distractions is to turn off your phone.

That’s right. You can do it.

It’s unrealistic to completely leave your phone at home, but you can at least unplug from texting for a couple hours. It’s amazing how simply disconnecting from technology will solve almost all of the problems involving distractions.

If turning your phone off is just too radical for you however, you can at least send out a “ttyl” message to who ever you are having a conversation with once class begins. Refraining from texting has twice as many benefits because it’s likely that the person you are texting is also in class and should be paying attention as well.

So tell your friends/sweeties you “gtg” once class starts and people on both ends of the phone will be more productive.

Sit in Front of Class

Finally, you can avoid distractions in class by sitting in the first five rows of your lecture hall or classroom. No one wants to be seen as the teacher’s pet, but it’s proven that students that sit closer to the professor in classes have higher grades.

Sitting front and center in your classes will force you to pay attention because all eyes are on you. More people behind you can see you, and more importantly, the professor can see you as well.

If one thing is consistent between high school and college it’s that teachers are equally annoyed when students are texting in front of their faces. So sitting up front will keep you focused and urge you to turn off the technology.

For all of you newbie’s out here just starting college, you must remember you are here to learn. For some reason students often forget this.

Avoiding distractions is a quick way to increase your productivity in class and cut down your study time later. So try some of these tips to help you become an active listener and better student.

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Madeline Fetchiet

Madeline Fetchiet

Madeline Fetchiet is a sophomore at Michigan State University, studying journalism and philosophy of law. Aside from reporting, Madeline enjoys tae kwon do, reading, writing, researching and traveling, and can be considered a music enthusiast. Madeline currently works as an intern for, and is a banquet server at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, MI. Perfecting the storytelling side of reporting is something she looks forward to in her future career as a journalist.
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