Be on time for every class, every day. I understand that it’s hard to walk in on time in lecture halls of 300 students or with professors who are cool and don’t really care. However, you need to be on time. It’s just one of those things. You’ll be doing yourself a favor. You’ll know what is going on in class and you’ll get the seat you want. Even if professors don’t take attendance, they will take note of the students who arrive late and the students who fall asleep in class. Some professors will make a point to call you out on that but many times professors just won’t care. What a waste of money. Pay tens of thousands of dollars for a service that you sleep right through. For those of you who want to be on time and who want to stay awake in class but just can’t, here are some things I suggest.
- Schedule your classes for later in the day.
- Research any online classes that the school offers and consider taking one.
- Start drinking coffee.
- Go to bed early!
- Go to class with the goal of participating – if you walk into a class telling yourself that you will raise your hand and participate then you will be more attentive as you wait for the right moment to do so.
- If you feel yourself dozing in class, excuse yourself, go take a quick walk, take a deep breath, and recharge for the rest of the class.