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Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Academics | 2 comments

Boring classes

Boring classes

What is the best way to get through a class you are required to take but have absolutely no interest in?

Dear Amanda,

I understand. It is hard to sit through an hour and half of class when you have no interest in learning the material. And, I understand it can be a little boring, not because the class is easy but because there is no drive for it. I’m going to assume you are talking about the classes outside of your major that are the general learning requirements for the degree you are pursuing. Some of these classes are Comp I & II, Ethics, Speech, Humanities, Math, and the Sciences.

Personally, I would say that these classes are super important for the student to become a rounded individual and knowledgeable of various subjects. Even though it seems like a drag to attend these, overall, what you will learn in these classes is good for you.

Look at it this way; you will become a better student and person once this class is completed. I know this sounds a bit dramatic, but if it wasn’t for my speech and composition classes, I could honestly not survive my now upper-level classes’ essays and presentations. The classes that are of no interest to some students are usually the ones that build up the pivotal foundation of knowledge. This is why I say that they are of the utmost importance.

I know, I have been there, they can be boring but they are good for you.

Some tips on how to get through not-very-interesting classes:

  • Read the material and try to apply it to your life, if you make a connection with what you are learning and your personal life, it will be more memorable.
  • Instead of dreading going to the class, before you step in the classroom, think of things you like in the class, maybe your professor gives great examples and anecdotes, the textbook is fun to read, you like your seat and the people sitting next to you.
  • Think of the reasons why you are taking this class: a new degree for a new career, a personal accomplishment, making your family and friends proud.
  • At the end of the class reward yourself (this is what I do after a big test): watch your favorite show, eat something you love, or go out with friends.

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  1. You have a wonderful sense of humor, Maria. I especially like your “…the textbook is fun to read…” comment!

    In all seriousness, however, you make a good point. These classes can be an awful drag, but they are beneficial.

    What worked for me was reminding myself that “Hey, I don’t like the class. But a few months from now, it will be behind me. Another wall that I successfully climbed over and made it past!”

    • It’s great to hear that Larry! Thanks for the comment. 🙂

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