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21 Things You’ll Only Understand If You Have a Really Bad Attention Span In Lectures

You may not have a bad attention span in general, but in lectures it hardly exists.

1. You always have the best intentions, promising yourself that you’ll really make an effort this time.

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2. But you can feel your attention waning before the lecture’s even begun.

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3. And when it does start, it doesn’t take much to distract you from it.

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4. Before you know it, you’ve already lost the thread of what the lecture’s about.

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5. And the more you try to catch up, the less interest you seem to have in what’s being said.

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7. You start to spend more time side-eyeing other people’s notes than writing your own.

“How have they written so much already? That’s insane.”

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8. And feel your attention being drawn to literally anything other than what it’s supposed to be focused on.

That person’s laptop screen, how often that other person keeps clicking their pen…

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9. You try to get yourself back into the zone repeatedly.

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10. But you’ve missed so much of what’s been said that you still have no idea what’s going on.

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11. Still, you nod encouragingly when the lecturer catches your eye as if you have the remotest idea what they’re talking about.

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12. Your brain suddenly decides now would be the perfect time to think about all the things you normally avoid thinking about.

Like bills and ~ the future ~

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13. Or all the things you could be doing instead.

Like sleeping and sleeping some more.

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14. And before you know it you’re snapping back to the present realising you stopped concentrating again.

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15. Even when you do feel like you’re finally understanding something, you then celebrate that by having another rest.

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16. And so you just end up back where you started.

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17. It’s not long before you realise the lecture’s almost over but you haven’t really learnt anything.

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18. And you end up wondering whether it was actually worth you turning up.

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19. While also praying that everything will be put on Blackboard.

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20. You blame your lack of concentration on anything but your terrible attention span.

“It’s not my fault. It’s just this module. I shouldn’t have picked it.”

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21. And leave the lecture as you always do, swearing that next time will be different.

Spoiler: it probably won’t.

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