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Today, I am very envious of all those people studying on courses where attendance is not a requirement. I am even more envious of those who get some sort of say in what classes they take and can drop those classes which are entirely useless.

See, my maths class this term doubtless falls into the category of "entirely useless". The lecturer has a set of notes written on paper which he laborious copies down word for word onto the whiteboard, and says out loud about half of these notes. Which is rather pathetic. It's like a text book, which is only available at certain times, where you can't turn a page until two minutes after you've finished reading it, and where you have to squint at slightly dodgy handwriting across the room, past the heads of several people taller than you. As such, I've decided that there is absolutely no benefit whatsoever in me actually paying attention in this class, and that I shall learn anything I need to know from a text book.

Unfortunately, this means that I have to find other things to do with my time during these hours of great tedium. Today, I passed the time by filling a side of A4 with 423 instances of the word "turgid", on the grounds that this was a more interesting thing to do than pay attention to the lecturer. In addition to the expected "wait, is that how you spell turgid? wait, is turgid a word? wait, is that actually what a letter d looks like?" that come after writing down any word enough times, I also made the following discovery: when writtn down several hundred times, "turgid" bears a striking, and somewhat disturbing" resemblance to "tubgirl". That is all.

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Any chance of doing homework for another class or your own reading?

Not really. I'm not very good at concentrating on things like that anywhere that isn't my own, comfortable safe-space, so I wouldn't stand a chance if I was trying to concentrate over the top of lecturer-monotone.

Ah. Perhaps an opportunity to practice concentration then? Or crosswords/wordsearches?

I don't know how things work at your uni, but we've got staff-student consultation things and the like, where we get to bitch about issues with various lectures. Would it be worth asking for that to be brought up in a meeting?

As for coping strategies, can you get away with reading a book in class? The only lectures I've had to attend were ones like you describe, and about as useful. So I'd park myself in a corner and read, occasionally looking up to maintain a semblance of attention.

I laughed so hard when I read this... my last math class (some form of geometry which resembled every other geometry course I've ever had) was much the same. I didn't learn anything in that class other than how to get the homework assignment early and work on the next days' homework assignment.

LOL. Semantic satiation at work. It's a creeepy thing!

Ahahaha. This entry amused me.

Today, I am very envious of all those people studying on courses where attendance is not a requirement. I am even more envious of those who get some sort of say in what classes they take and can drop those classes which are entirely useless.

That's me in the first case, but not the second, sadly. Today I had what was meant to be a two hour lecture (usually divided into two with a break), and the lecturer said "um" far too much, seemed to forget her train of thought quite often, and basically gave me no information that wasn't on the printed handout in front of me, and therefore also the Powerpoint presentation. And it was stuff I already know. So very sick of Piaget now. I suppose it's a contrast from Perception and Cognition, where the lecturer has an interesting topic but wants to slow everyone down and make it boring, and Neuropsychology, where the lecturer has lots to say that isn't written down, so you're frantically writing and trying to understand all at the same time. Oh, and just when she got to the end of a slide at around the hour mark, people got excited about the possibility of a break, and she just kept on going. At least it finished early, but I'd have really preferred a break. Psychology lecturers are supposed to apply their knowledge about how best to learn, and given that concentration peaks at 20 mins, it makes sense to not drone on for 90.

I don't suppose you have a laptop? I get through classes precisely like hte ones you've described by copious use of FreeCell.

Barring that, learn to knit. Unless that isn't common in the UK.

"Knitting in class" not being common, not "knitting at all", I mean. Poor choice of words :)

Best. Idea. Ever. I can't believe I hadn't thought of it. I do have a laptop, but I don't generally tend to bring it into university with me unless there's something specific that I need or want it for, since I can't get 'net access on it from campus, and because of the weight. This will change.

I don't suppose you happen to have any good recomendations of freecell (or any other games) for mac do you? (I don't think the mac has a built in freecell like windows does, does it?) (my laptop is an ibook, but my main machine is windows, so I'm generally not as familiar with mac software)


Shareware, so you have to register or trash the prefs every 100 games. But trashing the prefs is easy enough, and I find that playing FreeCell occupies the hands and eyes while freeing the brain and ears to listen and process. I don't much have to think to play solitaire, but it gives me something else to have as input. My learning process is a peculiar kind of ADD; I can pay attention to three things at once, but I can't pay attention to one thing only to save my life. FreeCell provides a very nice, low-mental-processor-power background process.

Oddly, most of my profs are fully aware I'm playing Solitaire, and one of them at least -- this being Dr. J, my mentor -- admires the solution.

I can well imagine that that might well work for me as well, actually. I have a lot of trouble staying focussed on lectures as well, especially when the lecturer pauses to let people take notes, or to explain some easy concept that someone else just didn't get. I just zone out and end up thinking about something entirely unrelated or else falling asleep. I'll have to try your approach, to see if it helps.

And thanks for the link(s).

Let me know if it works for you. It'd be nice to not be the only freak :)

Here via clicking your new tags, and HUH! weird I do the same thing - I'd used to crochet in class to be able to pay attention in this one history class. just listening I'd fall asleep but if my hands were occupied, I could listen fine.

And of course now I find the official link: http://www.semicolon.com/STDX.html

I have no brilliant solutions like rahaeli, or interesting related anecdotes like emmavescence. My only thought related to this entry is that, in the process of explaining it to my grandmother, I had to describe tubgirl to her. *facepalm*

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