By Peri Karpishpan ‘23, Staff Writer
In the age of remote learning, some classes seem to go on forever. Here are a few tips to help you distract your teachers and send them off on an unrelated tangent to ensure your class feels just a little bit shorter.
- Know thy teacher. Be it sports, politics, or the history of class struggle, every teacher’s got a love for some topic. Identify it and use it to your advantage!
- Come a little early. This one seems a little counterintuitive, but it is very important. It is much easier to keep a conversation going if it starts, say, three minutes before class. Also, it is less obvious that you are wasting time with an off-topic discussion if it is merely a continuation, rather than a new discussion begun at the beginning of class.
- Understand the subject. You cannot have a proper discussion (at least one long enough to waste time in class) without knowing the subject beforehand. Be prepared with a well-timed question to keep the conversation going.
- Never give up. It might take a little while to get the discussion going, but keep at it with the questions and comments. Eventually the teacher will bite.
- Make sure the teacher is involved. You cannot have a successful off-topic discussion to delay a class with just your friends; that is considered talking out of turn. With a teacher, it is considered being friendly— a very important distinction.
Have fun! Even though this tactic is commonly used merely as a means of delaying actual learning, take it seriously and enjoy it. Who knows? You might even learn something new and interesting about your teacher!