I like my women's studies class (an selective for my major, if it matters), except for one of my classmates. She seems older (like 30s), and based on how she behaves in class, she has some combo of ADD and sensory processing or simply a cognitive deficit.
Which, whatever, not my business, except the awkwardness and second-hand embarrassment (and desperate clockwatching) as she asks about assignment due dates two seconds after they're explained, gives "one of these things is not like the others" examples when called on, and just leaves awkward pauses in her wake have me wondering how I'll get through the awkward for 8 more weeks.
What mental tricks should I try to deal with this situation? I should move away from the front, where she sits, y/y?
Will you tell me, students/former students of tqc, about your awkward classmates?