The Psychology of Seating Arrangements

Where do you sit in class? Are you the type who prefers to sit in the front row because you just can’t help yourself from participating in class? You know that student—the one who keeps on talking to the professor. They’re in their own world and the rest of you have to catch up with the discussion. Or are you that student who always sits at the back of the class, either for practical or social reasons? If you have an awful sense of time and are chronically late, you may end up sitting around the corners more than you’d like, but did you know that where you sit in class has its own psychological effects?

Believe it or not, sitting in the front has its benefits. Students who sit in front are have been known to retain information and material better than those who don’t. Conversely, students who sit at the back have been observed to be more prone to distractions which, in effect, can diminish their performance. While the psychology of seating arrangements isn’t a hard science that will automatically spell the success or failure of a student, students can nevertheless use their knowledge and awareness of the plausible side effects to their advantage.

For example, we already know that students who sit in front may perform better than those who don’t. So if you want to have better grades, it wouldn’t make sense to sit at the back. If you sit in front, you may have a higher chance of understanding your lessons better and faster, and still have the benefit of being able to consult your professor or your seatmates who may have good grades.

What do you think of the psychology of seating arrangements? Is it all in one’s mind? Or is there really such a thing? Feel free to chime in and let me know what you think.