If you have difficulty paying attention to what is happening in
your classrooms, Click on the text to begin to avoid the
Try to anticipate the main ideas of the coming lecture: Look over your notes of the previous lecture and read the course
material. If you have questions about material from the
previous class or text, ask the instructor before class about
them Prepare a few questions you expect to be answered
on new material if possible
Resist distractions by sitting in front of
the room away from disruptive classmates and by focusing on the
active listening and
Put yourself in the "mood" with attentive
expression and posture; do not sprawl
Shift position in your seat every so often Don't sit
frozen in one position Shifting on occasion will help keep the
blood circulating, send more oxygen to your brain, and help you
When appropriate: ask a question, ask for more clarity,
or engage an instructor and the class in dialogue
Train yourself not to give in to distractions
The Spider Technique
Hold a vibrating tuning fork next to a spider web. The spider
will react and come looking for what is vibrating the web. Do it
several times and the spider "wises up" and knows there's no bug and
doesn't come looking.
You can learn that. When someone enters the room, or when a
door slams, do not allow yourself to participate. Rather, keep your
concentration on what's in front of you.
Form a tunnel between you and the lecturer
Practice letting people move or cough without having to look
at them - just let them "be out there" as you focus on what is
When talking with someone, keep your attention on that
person, look at his face, and note what is being said. Let the
rest of the world just be "out there."
Use the Be here
technique to help you regain concentration when you do become
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