Things To Do in Boring Lectures
It’s often hard in boring lectures to keep focused. Often focus is required but impossible to produce and other times the lecture is legitimately boring and the topic such that you can drift in and out and not miss anything important. I would like to say that I always pay attention in my lectures but that would be lying and lying on a blog seems like a pretty low thing to do. These are five things I like to do in lectures when I just can’t pay attention. The key to doing other work in lectures is making it look like your actually paying attention (so listening to your MP3 player, reorganising your makeup bag, making phone calls/sending text messages etc. aren’t recommended). Make whatever you do involve a lot of writing and be as subtle as possible.
1. Prepare for tutorials
If you’ve got a tute coming up get out whatever you need to do/read/write and do/read/write it. This can often be subtle AND related to the lecture topic. Very productive activity.
2. Engage in forward planning
This is one of my favourites. Writing to-do lists, writing information in my diary etc. Can be subtle, makes you feel very organised.
3. Do reading
If your textbooks look anything like mine then this is easier said than done on a tiny lecture theatre desk but it’s worth a shot. Hard to do pull off, though, if you’re in a history lecture and taking notes from a giant book on your desk called “Material Chemistry for Engineers”
4. Plan essays
Another thing which is easy to do and subtle. The problem only occurs when you run out of essays to plan.
5. General other studies
If there’s anything else you have to get done try doing it. Got a computer and need to look up the call-numbers of library books? Do it. In fact, this one is a lot easier on a computer – the internet is a wonderful place. But you could also try writing essays or assignments or blog posts (not entirely school-related, I know).
Once you’re in a boring lecture you’re stuck. These tips will help you be productive and at the same time present. They might even make that hour go more quickly.