What I Learned From Not Having A Phone In Class

The third year of business at UVic is called the “core year.” You are put into classes of 50 students and given a schedule, name tags, a seating plan, and some extra rules such as you can only miss 2 classes a semester and no phones or electronics during class. While this seems like a lot (and it kinda is), I am definitely benefitting from not having my phone or laptop in class. 

Photo by Dariusz Sankowski on Unsplash

Why? Well, when I get bored, I have to entertain myself by making notes. If I had my phone, I would be texting, scrolling Instagram, or playing 8-ball pool on Facebook with my friends.

All of these activities forced me to put in time twice. Once for going to class, and once for making notes before the midterm/final.

Now, my notes are done, and I sometimes add in thoughts, extra details (sometimes doodles), but for the most part my notes are a lot neater and represent the material better. 

What your notes probably look like with your phone (blank). Photo by Jan Kahánek on Unsplash.

What your notes could look like without your phone

I am less distracted, spending less time doing work, and getting better grades because of it. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, try turning off your phone or leaving it in your bag during class time and see if it works for you.

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