How to Take Notes on a Boring Subject

If you’re like most people, you probably have at least one subject that you really just can’t stand. It may be a class that just seems boring, tedious, unnecessary, or plain tiresome. In fact, it may not even be a class, but rather a single topic that is just so beyond boring that you don’t know how you’re going to stay awake, let alone take notes on it. It is important to note, however, that your notes are even more important when you encounter a subject that you don’t like because your notes can help you review the topic without having to reread a large amount of information that you don’t want to read. This means that, for you to do well in a boring class or do well on a test that covers a boring subject, you have to know how to take notes on that subject even though you really don’t want to.

Fortunately, if you’re having trouble focusing on the material for a particular subject, there are several techniques that can help.

  • First, try to find a seat near the front of the class and the center of the room. This is important because it will not only be easier for you to hear the instructor and see what’s going on if you’re front and center, but it will also be easier for you to ignore the people outside of the classroom, the people that are causing trouble in the back of the classroom, the clock that is slowly counting down the minutes until you can get out of your dreaded class, and all of other things that may distract you.
  • Secondly, as soon as your teacher or professor starts talking, start taking notes and don’t stop until the class is over. This is important because most people lose focus very quickly when they’re not really doing anything. This means that you have to keep busy because it will make it seem like the class is going by faster, make the class seem less boring, and force you to actually take good notes.
  • Third, if you encounter a concept that is so brain-numbingly boring that you can’t even focus on it, try to apply the concept to something that you like. For example, if you’re a big baseball fan and you’re trying to learn statistics, try to see if you can apply the concept to something in baseball like figuring out the probability that a player will actually hit a home run or the probability that a team will win a game based on their past performance. This will allow you to take a concept that seems boring and turn it into something that you may actually be interested in.