What Are Poor Listening Skills

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What are Poor Listening Skills?

As a freshman in college it is extremely overwhelming. You have to maintain good grades and a healthy social life- grade come first of course. However, it can become difficult to learn the material because many kids develop a decrease in attention span. That's where listening skills have to be established. I find myself losing focus in some of my classes. It was good to know that I wasn't the only one.

One class in which I have observed poor listening skills is psychology. I've noticed the same thing a couple of times actually. The class consists of about forty students, of which a little more than half show up. The ones who do show up walk in half awake. They all seem tired and they carry a big cup of coffee. You have the few who pretend to care or at least make themselves care by sitting in the front row of class because they know they can't fall asleep there. And finally the ones who take the seats behind the tall kids and all the way in the back of the classroom.

Well one day while practicing my daily routine of not paying attention I noticed various listening barriers. For one, I know that many students have no interest in psychology. Especially with the fact that right now we're learning about the biology of psychology. Basically, it is pretty flat material that isn't something that might interest kids at 9:30 in the morning. Another barrier is the fact that the speaker is susceptible to criticism because of the way she delivers her lessons. She has a monotonous tone of voice that makes her seem jaded to teaching her class. We also lose interest of what she is saying because he follows the textbook practically verbatim. She doesn't add any "spice" to the lesson.

Another type of barrier is that some kids fake attention. They seem to be taking notes and I'm pretty sure they actually think they're paying...
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