Even if an arcane lecture in late-medieval rhetoric isn’t your thing, listen with an open mind. Imagine what life was like for people during that time period. Concentrate on key points that may be on a test. Use the class as an opportunity to improve your concentration and critical-thinking skills, which will make you a better student in all your courses. Whenever your mind wanders, gently pull your focus back to the here and now. Pay attention to your self-talk. Avoid repeatedly reminding yourself that the class is painfully dull. Sit in front where the teacher can see you rather than in the back row of a dark lecture hall where you may be tempted to nap or text your friends.