Last Updated: July 23, 2013
by Andrea Cerny
When it comes to picking classes, one of the main things students have in mind is time. Not too many students like to have their classes early in the morning because it takes out a chunk of sleeping time. Sure, early bird college students do exist, but for many students, having to take an early morning class feels catastrophic. Here are some tips on how to survive your early morning class.
Go to bed early. I know this may sound a little crazy, but if you can somehow manage to get yourself to sleep even just one hour earlier than your regular schedule, you will be doing your brain and body a huge favor. Going to sleep early might be unheard of to some college students, but there comes a time when you have to. Have a night-owl roommate? Kindly ask them if they would be willing to work quietly after you go to sleep. Or you could always invest in some ear plugs and an eye mask. It’ll take time for your body to adjust to your new schedule, but once it does, you feel less groggy in the mornings.
Eat or drink something in the morning. Grab a cup of coffee or hot tea before class to help make yourself more alert. You may not feel hungry so early in the morning, but a small healthy snack like a granola bar or banana will get your metabolism going and give you the energy you need to concentrate and excel in your morning class.
Sit close to the front. You may be tempted to sneak your way to the back of the class and try to get away with not paying attention and maybe even snoozing, but that won’t help you get a good grade in the class. Push yourself to become involved in the class and stay aware of what’s going on. You can make a good impression with the professor by sitting towards the front of the classroom and participating in class. Being actively involved will also make the time go by much faster as opposed to continuously staring at the clock.
Have the rest of your day planned. As a college student you must always find ways to juggle school and other things, such as work or social activities. If you plan out what you’re doing for the rest of the day after your morning class, you’ll quickly realize that having a class early in the morning opens up your schedule to get a lot of things done throughout the day, whereas having a late class might drain you of such valuable time.
Take a nap. Don’t forget – arguably one of the best things about being a college student – you can always slip a little nap into your schedule later in the day to recharge.
Original Post Date: January 23rd, 2013