How to Stay Busy During a Boring Class

Eight Parts:Stoking your creativityDaydreaming and imaginingFiddlingMaking listsMaking plansPlaying mental games and tricksPlaying with othersFocusing on the studies

All of us have at least one of those boring classes. Maybe it's the teacher, or maybe it's the subject. But there are a few simple things you can do to pass the time.

Part 1
Stoking your creativity

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    Doodle on your paper. You might just want to erase it when you're done.
    • Doodle those emotions you've been bottling up for the past few days. Just don't doodle on class books, as your teachers may tell you off for it.
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    Write a story, poem or article.
    • If you're lucky, it might somehow become a bestseller. Or you could dream about this being a possibility.
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    Write songs. For example, write lyrics about your dull day in school suddenly turning out exciting. Include lots of crazy happenings, such as a dragon entering the front yard and trying to blow down the school.
    • Write a rap about your boring lesson.
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    • Write an episode of a dramatic medical or police drama and turn it into a joke.
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    Make origami. The teacher may make you throw it out if you do it, so don't get caught!
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    Draw. There are many things you could draw in class. Here are some suggestions:
    • Draw your annoying little brother being savaged by a crocodile. Or, maybe draw the end of the world.
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    • Create a really cool cartoon. It can just be a picture or like a comic strip. Draw whatever takes your fancy.
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    • Draw a self portrait.
    • Draw and design a new ice cream or cupcake.
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    • Draw number people.
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    Use humor to pass the time.
    • Create a really cheesy joke that will keep you entertained.
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    • Think of funny things.
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    Create an invention. (Dandelion juice anyone?)

Part 2
Daydreaming and imagining

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    Have a nice daydream. Imagine yourself starring in a TV show or movie, meeting your favorite celebrity, heroically saving someone, or whatever tickles your fancy. Be a Walter Mitty (look it up if you don't know who that is yet).
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    Imagine your teacher in different ways. Since you have to stare at the teacher, try transforming the teacher into something else:
    • Imagine your teacher in different costumes. What would they look like as a bunny? A witch? The President of the USA?
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    • Imagine your teacher doing the Gangnam Style dance. It will be sure to crack you up every time!
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    • Imitate your teacher inside your head.
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    Sing songs in your head. As you probably know, a regular song lasts at least 3 minutes, so this activity may keep you occupied for a nice amount of time, it will even make you learn the lyrics to your favorite songs !
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    Stare out of the window.
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    Catch up on some sleep. Some teachers don't appreciate it if they notice it though.

Part 3
Fiddling

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    Do something with your pencil. Twirl it, drop it, anything.
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    Drum using your fingers.

Part 4
Making lists

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    Make a mental list of things you can do with your pencil.
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    Make a general list. This could be a bucket list or a shopping list. Whatever you want, just list it.
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    Make a mental list of things you can do to stay busy in class. You could then add them to this Wikihow tutorial (just check you're not repeating something already here).
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    Make a list of the ways you can take over the world.
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    Make a list of what you'd spend one million on.
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    Make a list of annoying things.
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    Make a ridiculous, long Christmas list. Add things to it that you'd never have a real hope of getting.
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    Make a random shopping list. Make it for a vampire, yeti or ogre going to the store.

Part 5
Making plans

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    Make plans to kill an evil super villain.
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    Plan what to do on Christmas Eve.
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    Plan your dream wedding, vacation, expedition, adventure, whatever. You could even plan your funeral. Write a will.

Part 6
Playing mental games and tricks

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    Pick a word your teacher says over and over again and see how many times they say it in five minutes.
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    Play Truth or Dare with yourself.
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    Count how many days it is till your birthday.

Part 7
Playing with others

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    Play noughts and crosses (tic tac toe) with your pal.
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    Make and pass notes. Can't talk to your best friend? Pass a note! Just make sure it doesn't include any personal stuff.
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    Break bits of rubber off and throw them at people. When they look at you, act all innocent and like you didn't do anything.
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    Make perfect class couples. Match people together whom you think would make great or terrible couples.
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    Crush heads.

Part 8
Focusing on the studies

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    Do the work given to you in class. Sure, it's not fun, but it will pass the time and you won't end up failing the class.
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    Do homework for another class. If you are caught, though, it might be taken away.
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    Read. If you like reading, read the class textbook or something related to it.
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    Take notes on the lesson. Might as well make your time there productive.

Tips

  • Try building a "barricade" with anything you can find (books, folders, pencil cases, etc...), but don't make it obvious that you are hiding something behind it.
  • Make sure you do the class work and/or study, as you will fail the class!
  • Grab a pencil and doodle in your notebook.
  • Try to pay attention when you can.

Warnings

  • Take notes when needed.
  • Try to at least listen every few minutes to what the teacher is saying so you don't miss an important lesson.
  • Try not to annoy the teacher or classmates.
  • Stay off the phone or iPod unless you want them confiscated.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil/pen
  • Paper
  • Binder or folder

Article Info

Categories: Class Distractions | Surviving School