I know how hard it is to resist the urge to rest your head on your makeshift pillow during a boring lecture. But with school starting last week, here are my 10 tips to help you pay more attention in class, and make the time in the classroom more beneficial to you and your future career – even in classes that don’t apply to your major.
1. Toss your phone
I know, I know, but FOMO. You’ll be okay, I promise. Turn your phone on do not disturb, and toss it in your bag. Out of sight, out of mind.
2. Try this thing called sleep
If you sleep at night, maybe you won’t sleep during class. And if sleep isn’t in the foreseeable future, try covfefe.
3. You learned to write with a pencil for a reason
It’s scientifically proven you remember more if you write notes with a pencil. You also won’t get distracted by social media if you’re not on your laptop.
4. Apply what you learn in the classroom, to something outside the classroom
Not all classes will interest you. But you can apply the basic principles to something that interests you, like your startup. You could also be a thought leader, and tweet bits of interesting information. Be sure to use #hashtags.
5. Draw your way to an A
One of my friends draw her notes, and she says it helps her pay attention and remember them. If you have artistic abilities, give this a shot.
6. Make “classroom friends”
You know those kids you talk to in class, but that’s it? Well study with them, ask for homework help, and share notes. They are the backbone of this fine American educational system.
7. There’s no such thing as a teacher’s pet in college
Go to office hours, ask questions, compliment them, etc. Do what you have to do for that A. Professors are a whole lot nicer during office hours, and love seeing students show extra effort. You never know what CEO they’re friends with.
8. A planner is your best friend
Write everything down. You won’t miss deadlines, you’ll know when you have homework, and you can properly study for tests. This is my favorite tips by far.
9. Bring snacks!
You don’t want your stomach to start growing in the middle of class, do you? And then everyone starts to look at you… bring some snacks and avoid it. It’s also hard to focus when you’re hungry. But don’t be an animal, clean up your mess.
If you really want something, work for it. There is no better satisfaction in life than working your ass off for something and getting what you earned.
And there you have it. Now go get an A, you moron!
By: Alex Siminoff – @alexsiminoff