Students: Are You Distracted During Class? Here Are 4 Reasons Why


Picture this: it’s 9 a.m. on a Monday and you’ve barely made it to class on time. All you can think of is getting coffee in your system or going back to bed.

At some point or another, almost every student has been found guilty of not paying attention in class. It’s not always easy to sit in a 60-minute lecture without zoning out or getting bored. The good news is there are many ways you can help yourself concentrate in class.

You’re on social media

For most students, technology is the number 1 distraction during class. The lecture hall is no place to be searching up hashtags and double tapping on Instagram but we’ve all done it.

Ditch the laptop and go with the good ol’ pen and paper. Not only is writing on paper a great way to remember your notes, it’s also a way to get rid of other distractions that come with multiple windows. The act of writing your notes also helps you listen more carefully and follow along with what the professor is teaching.

There will come a time when your notebook won’t cut it, and you’ll have to use your trusty laptop. Luckily, there are resources to help you stay on track – StayFocused, SelfControl, SprintWork and Cold Turkey are all great computer apps that you can download and install to help you work better. They block other applications and websites you don’t need while doing work.

You’re dehydrated

It comes as no surprise that drinking water helps the human body operate more efficiently – but did you know staying hydrated in class can help stimulate your brain? This can help you pay better attention and stay awake. Drinking water is also more effective than caffeine and sugary drinks, which can lead you to crash later on in the day.

You’re not getting enough sleep

Yes, it can seem almost impossible to get 8 hours of sleep as a student. You’re rushing from class to class, working on essays and projects, and maybe even balancing a part-time job. But remember that a good night’s rest will make your day twice as effective, so be sure to invest that time! Can’t relax? Try getting some relaxing scents like lavender and playing some soothing soundscapes. You’ll be refreshed and ready to focus in no time!

Your friends are distracting you

If your friends are distracting you in class, it may be time to take a break from their company. Sitting on your own during class will ensure your undivided attention is on the class and its contents – and contrary to popular belief, you won’t drop down the social ladder. You can join your classmates for study group once the lecture is done.

How do you stay focused in class? Let us know in the comments!

About the author

Nikka Aquino is a University of Toronto graduate in the Communications IT and Professional Writing majors. She currently works at a PR agency downtown Toronto where she helps represent some of Canada's emerging fashion designers. In her spare time, Nikka enjoys going to the gym, travelling and watching beauty tutorials on YouTube. Peep her social media life on Twitter and Instagram @loveneeks and LinkedIn.