How to Cope With Sitting in the Back of the Classroom

Are you a hard working student who is stuck sitting in the back of the room? It can be tough to pay attention and take good notes when you're so far away from the action. This guide will show you how you can still get the most out of the lecture and still be an active participant while sitting in some far off corner.

Steps

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    Make yourself known to the teacher. Don't just crouch away in the corner. Make yourself big and noticeable without looking odd to your classmates. Raise your hand a lot and sit forward on your chair. Always look at the teacher so that they know you're still awake.
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    Be part of the discussion. If you are having an open debate, stand out and say your opinion! Just because you're in the back doesn't mean you won't be heard. You will find that by taking part in discussion, you will digest the lesson better than if you were just sitting there listening. Act like you're sitting in the front!
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    Avoid slacking on your notes. Just because you are in the back doesn't mean you can get away with not taking the notes you need. If you can't hear the teacher, ask a friend for the notes later or, if allowed, tape record the lecture to avoid falling behind. Don't just give up and sit there.
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    Get out of the back if possible. If you have assigned seats, ask your teacher to be moved closer to the front if seats are available. If you don't have assigned seats, try getting to class early to get a good seat. Otherwise you can ask your teacher for extra help after class on things you might have missed.

Tips

  • Don't be tempted to goof off while in the back. If others around you try to talk you into it, ignore them.
  • Alternatively, you can look at the bright side and know that you can possibly get away with minor distractions (such as gum and doodling).

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