Staying Awake in Class

  • take deep breaths, providing your body with more oxygen
  • pinch the skin between your thumb and pointer finger--HARD
  • smile
  • eat
  • ask if you can open a window; it is harder to stay awake in a warm classroom
  • remove one shoe only, which creates a temperature difference *(make sure your odor eaters are working)*
  • follow your professor's argument intently, even if it's confusing
  • take copious notes constantly
  • write questions to yourself in your notes about the material
  • TALK/participate (you don't fall asleep talking usually, do you?)
  • occasionally ask questions, if only to break the monotony of the professor's voice
  • sit up straight, don't get too comfortable
  • doodle
  • change pens (use one with brighter ink)
  • sit in the front of the class
  • contribute to discussions
  • and try to stay well-rested