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Staying Awake

  1. Aug 22, 2005 #1
    How do you all stay awake through your boring classes? Every year that's my problem. Maybe it's just me but I can't focus too well when I'm falling asleep.:rofl: Is that normal? lol.
     
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    I play the games on my TI-83 from highschool.
     
  4. Aug 22, 2005 #3

    Pengwuino

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    HS: sleep

    College: walk out
     
  5. Aug 22, 2005 #4

    dduardo

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    Or don't go to class at all.
     
  6. Aug 22, 2005 #5

    Math Is Hard

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    or don't take boring classes.
     
  7. Aug 22, 2005 #6

    Pengwuino

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    easy A's though!

    What pisses me off though is those boring easy mick classes that require you to be there everyday in one form or another (say, homework every class or being told what hw to do in class instead of online or something).
     
  8. Aug 22, 2005 #7

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    Or get more sleep the night before.

    If your instructor doesn't object, bring a light snack (I happen to love oranges when I'm tired and need a boost to keep me going; if you're going to eat them in class though, it would be best to have it already peeled and the wedges separated and put into a plastic container so you're not making a mess or distracted by trying to peel an orange instead of taking notes) or bring a bottle of water or a cup of coffee (beverages might not be a great idea if you have a long lecture though :wink:). I used to have 80 min lectures in college, and my attention span while sitting still seemed to only be about 40 min, no matter how interesting the lecture, so sometimes you just have to do something to snap yourself back, especially if it's that after lunch lecture where you're full and drowsy already).
     
  9. Aug 22, 2005 #8

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    It's true that sometimes you just don't have a choice about taking a class or two that you find boring because they're required to fulfill graduation requirements. And I'll say what others might be unwilling to say...sometimes the subject is interesting, but the lecturer has the world's most boring speaking voice and lulls the students off to sleep as well.
     
  10. Aug 22, 2005 #9
    I had four hours straight of class every weekday for ten weeks this summer. :smile:

    Sometimes, when I was really tired, I just ignored the lectures and thought about something else entirely. Of course, most of the time the material was actually interesting, so I didn't have problems with boredom.

    If your goal is just to be there without falling asleep, then you could read a book or something like that. But if you actually want to pay attention, then you could try asking yourself questions as you listen: that way, you won't just be listening to someone else talk. And you'll probably learn more, too.

    Edit: Something else just occurred to me. You could cut off some of those pesky fingers on your off hand: you don't actually need them for taking notes or anything, and the pain will probably keep you awake.
     
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  11. Aug 22, 2005 #10

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    I almost never attend any lecture classes, unless I know I absolutely have to. In fact, I don't even see the point of having lecture classes. Why not simply write down what you are going to say in the lecture and have people read it? It's a waste of time, everybody's time, to teach things in a way that could easily be done another way. I'd much rather read than listen to someone speak for over an hour. I can do in on my own time, when I'm wide awake, while I'm eating, at my own pace, whatever. Someone tell me what exactly justifies the concept of a lecture class.
     
  12. Aug 22, 2005 #11
    History. Humans started out teaching this way, so they'll continue teaching this way. If they were good enough for people a thousand years ago, then who are we to question lectures? :smile:
     
  13. Aug 22, 2005 #12
    An apple can apparently wake you up just as well if not better than a cup of coffee. At least this is what I have been hearing alot lately.
     
  14. Aug 22, 2005 #13

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    The alphabet had not yet been invented in most parts of the world a thousand years ago, much less the printed word. You'd think we could get a little ahead of the time. Or look to the old Greek academies and symposium. They held discussions, rather than lectures.
     
  15. Aug 22, 2005 #14

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    Well, for some, reading alone is not enough, especially if they are an auditory learner. For others, it helps to hear something explained in a different way. And the real answer is that your lecture should be discussing things that you can't just read in your book, filling in gaps, giving you a chance to ask questions, updating the latest information that's outdated in the textbook, putting it in perspective, and letting you know what information are the important concepts, and what are just picky details.

    If you only want to learn by reading books and aren't interested in attending lectures and being taught by the professors, why waste your money on tuition?
     
  16. Aug 22, 2005 #15

    loseyourname

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    And is there any reason that a professor couldn't simply post these on a web page, or e-mail his class?

    I never said I'm only interested in reading books. I'm only interested in absorption of raw information through reading. Class time should be used for discussions, seminars, workshops, and labs. It should not be used to have someone stand in front of a large group reading aloud what could be read on the student's own time and at their own pace.

    Also, regarding why I bother to pay tuition: Despite the fact that I can often learn in three weeks what it somehow takes a semester to cover in a class, nobody seems to care unless I have paper documentation certifying my knowledge.
     
  17. Aug 22, 2005 #16

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    1) It would take a lot longer to write up than to just talk about it, 2) not everyone learns that way.

    Of course it shouldn't be used to just read aloud what's already covered in the book. Is that what your professors do? Of course, if the class would wake up and ask questions, there would be more discussion. There's nothing worse than having to lecture to a room full of lumps of clay.
     
  18. Aug 22, 2005 #17

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    Took the words right out of my mouth. I'm not in school yet, but this is my main reason for wanting to return. There are pros and cons to both learning on your own and attending school. If there were a way to learn on my own and still come away with a diploma (that could actually help me get a job), I doubt that I would go back to school. I don't even miss having a live teacher and fellow students anymore. And with places like PF, you're not really even on your own. :smile:
    As for dealing with boring classes, er, I just dropped out.* :tongue2:

    *not that I recommend this for everyone...
     
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  19. Aug 22, 2005 #18
    I have never fallen asleep in a class, and I don't think I ever will, no matter how boring it is or how tired I am. (Once last semester, I had been up for 28 hours working on a robot when I had my most boring class, and I still didn't fall asleep.) For some reason, I'm just not capable.
     
  20. Aug 23, 2005 #19
    If I feel like my eyes are getting heavy I tickle the roof of my mouth with my tongue. It will get desensitized after a few minutes so you have to kind of move it around. You can get "skillz" this way too. :blushing: I also remember reading somewhere that some Japanese companies release citrus scents into the AC in the morning and after lunch to keep their employees awake.
     
  21. Aug 23, 2005 #20

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    I simply have a Coke for breakfast. Not great after just having brushed your teeth, but it helps keep your eyes open.
     
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