One of the easiest ways to stay awake in class is by being active. Cooperating in discussions, or talking with the teacher, can increase alertness, thereby reducing the chances of drifting off to sleep. Furthermore, taking notes can also be a form of keeping activity. If you are the kind of student who does not find joy in taking notes, try doing so in a creative way.
Among the most well-known methods of note-taking is doodling. Aside from a creative way to take down notes, doodling is also proven to maintain focus and recall effectively. Doodling activates certain brain areas to find new solutions to problems and analyze new information in many different ways. By simply drawing on a corner of a piece of paper, various networks are activated in the brain, facilitating new solutions to a single problem.
Ironically, doodling can keep you anchored and engaged on a subject matter. While it might look like you are zoning out, losing all attention, and waning interest in what you need to pay attention to, doodling helps you focus. Doodling requires decent brainpower that prevents one from daydreaming, but not enough to lose focus on the subject at hand.