Staying attentive in a class is essential to grasp thoroughly the contents of what the teacher says.
Though studying the topic on our own at home can help grasp the subject, teachers opinion and idea of the subject are vital.
This is because, due to their seniority by age and experience, the topic is covered in an updated and matured manner such that the student easily digests it.
Even the length of the topic which the teacher covers in one hour time is mostly vast, and it takes about 3-4 hours for the student to cover the same on his own. So classroom learning is given prime importance for the academic success of students.
How to Stay Focused in School
Before going into details, let us consider some situations which influence attention in class among students.
a) Early hours of the day, your mind is fresh and is interesting for sitting and listening to the class. Probably 1st. 2nd period is better.
b) Most students can stay attentive to the first 5 to 10 min of any class. Later, based on the interesting nature of the class, the attention may deteriorate and may go into daydreams or remind previous movies.
b) Having breakfast, bath, exercise, and clean clothing gives a refreshed feeling and helps one stay focused in class.
c) Health aspect also plays a vital role in classroom attention.
d) A free mind without mental disagreements like quarrels, gossip & troubles from colleagues or the classroom environment, or any home issues can also distract attention in class.
e) Having friends is quite essential for school. If not, you would be bored to go to school and stay focused.
Important tips to stay attentive.
1) Try to find a seat in the front row.
This is very vital, and hence you see competitive guys trying to occupy front seats. Those sitting in backbenches can be less attentive due to many reasons like lack of teacher concentration on them or decreased audibility of teachers voice and lecture. Even sitting in the back requires extra effort than those sitting in front seats to hear the lecture. So they may get tired and bored with the class. So it is always advisable to stay seated in the front rows of the class for better attention.
2) Try to look into the eyes of your teacher.
This is the second-best criteria. Many teachers try to focus on the students who look into their eyes during the lecture. This makes the lecture seem more interactive between the student and the tutor to have better attention.
3) Habituate to write down an important point
If you are curious about having class notes, it is better to jot down some points if the lecture in a book during the class. This enhances your attention. But sometimes you may miss some points as you need time to write. But overall, this habit helps you stay attentive in class.
4) Don’t lean back; try to sit upright.
Leaning back and not sitting upright makes you sleepy or dazed and you may have less attention in class. Further, teachers don’t like students sitting so, so they may have less focus on them.
5) Try to involve yourself by conversing
Asking doubts, you don’t know or understand is necessary. Just don’t hesitate to do so. This way of engaging yourself by speaking with the teacher (interactive learning) helps you be attentive. But don’t try to irritate your colleagues with your silly doubts and chat.
6) Think about how important is that class for you
If you feel that the particular class is vital for your career, exam, and up-growth, attention increases.
7) Participate in extracurricular activities
Extracurricular activities are designed to impart fun and also learning.
These programs help overcome boredom in school. Further, there are chances of building new friends.
How to stay attentive to individual subjects.
Some students have a habit that they are very attentive to one subject or class while non-attentive for other subjects. This is because of the interest factor. For a subject in which we lack interest, we are less attentive. So let’s see subject wise tips now.
English or any other languages
These languages are taught primarily to impart the art of writing, poetry, literature, grammar, sentence usage, etc. and knowledge of society. These are boring makes an average student sleep or daze in the class.
Further, the subjects consist mostly of some stories written by well-known authors, poems, grammar and other language-related topics. So they seem like real-life dramas to the student. He may enjoy them or feel bored based on his inclination for the taste of the writer.
But to stay attentive in these languages is easy as the topics are general and don’t require thinking or use one’s brain with great effort.
- Just try to use the textbook from where the story/ poem is being taught and try to underline any new words or sentence farmings.
- If it is grammar, try to compare the given methods or twists with the way you use the language to speak. It will help you learn grammar and enhance your speaking and vocabulary skills in that language.
This subject requires some good attention and effort in mind, because if you don’t listen and understand you cannot solve the problems. So try to follow the teacher from the first instance.
Try to have an idea of what formulas and concepts are going to be used and taught in the class. Maths requires beforehand preparation even to listen to a teacher. Write down the solution written by the teacher on the board in your workbook for later reference.
In science, different subjects need different levels of attention.
In physics, one needs to understand the derivation, concepts without which one cannot feel the subject’s essence.
♣ For more, read How to learn physics.
Similarly, in chemistry, basics like the atomic numbers, elements, etc., are to be understood beforehand as one cannot follow the meaning of reaction when the teacher describes them on the chalkboard.
In biology, one needs to understand the subject with some physical reference, so diagrams of plants, animal organs will help you maintain attention in the class if you draw them when your teacher describes them.
So in science, you need to see the things in class with the practical world outside. This enhances your interest and curiosity in the subject.
All the best.