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3 Ways to Actively Learn During Class

Updated: Apr 8, 2021

Paying attention in class can be difficult for even the most avid learners. After all, when you think about it, you’re in school for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, so it makes sense that your mind might wander from time to time.

Ask questions

When, during the lesson, it becomes appropriate to ask questions, go for it. Asking questions in class is one of the best ways to stay engaged and get involved in a dialogue about the material as opposed to just passively absorbing information from time to time.

Move at your desk

Sometimes, moving your body a little bit can help you keep your mind on track. If it helps you to move a little at your desk (without being disruptive), do so! Try lightly tapping your foot, tapping a pencil against your notebook, or even using a fidget spinner under your desk. Whatever you end up doing, just make sure you aren’t upsetting or distracting your classmates, or your teacher—after all, we all know how irritating it can be when the person at the desk next to us is practically causing an earthquake just by shaking their leg.

Try doodling!

It might sound nuts, especially since doodling is so often associated with behaviours that distract students during class. On the contrary, doodling has been discovered to be good for your brain. This is especially true if you end up making doodles or visuals that can accompany your notes. While you’re listening and taking notes in class, draw whatever it is your teacher is describing. It will keep you focused and it can even help you retain more information afterwards.