Surviving Those Inconvenient 8 a.m. Classes
When it’s time to enroll for classes, college students everywhere have the same fear: getting stuck with an 8 a.m. class.
For some reason, once we get to college, anything and everything scheduled for that early in the morning seems worse than death. And an 8 a.m. class usually means you are committed to getting out of bed early three times a week. But have no fear, because with efficient time management and good routines, you will able to survive any morning class.
Manage Your Time
First off, getting out of bed early is hard enough without staying up late. It can be especially challenging for those students who have a part-time job or are involved in extracurricular activities during the week to balance everything in their schedules.
When we were kids, we all had a curfew or a set time when we had to be in bed. Now that we’re in college, we want to stay out all hours having fun and doing all sorts of activities. But setting a regular bedtime can get you that extra sleep that will make a big difference for getting to that 8 a.m. class on time.
Start by trying not to overload your evening schedule, especially the nights before your 8 a.m. class. You can even take some of that time you were spending out at night to study. Studying and going to bed at a set time will help you get a sense of balance and not just wear yourself out.
It’s important to schedule a consistent bedtime, even if that means you’re missing out on some social activities with friends. There will always be more time for that.
Get a Routine Down
Becoming a morning person is easier said than done, but the key is to finding a morning routine that wakes you up and prepares you for the rest of the day. Give yourself enough time for what you need — exercise, breakfast, a shower — to wake up. You will be in a better mood and more able to pay attention in class. Another thing you can do is talk to a friend or someone to help you wake up before that morning class.
Just like your mornings, your nights should have a routine. One suggestion: Make sure everything you need for that next day is ready to go — your lunch, textbooks, notebooks, laptop, etc. Also, you can lay out your clothes the night before and check the weather so you know if you will need to prepare for bad weather.
The key to a deeper, more restful night’s sleep is to prepare yourself before you actually go to bed. Turn the TV off, shut you laptop down and avoid caffeine hours before you go to bed. If you participate in too much “screen time,” it can make it harder for you to go to sleep.
Coffee may not always be enough of a boost to start your day, so bring backup. Some teachers will let you bring an audio recorder to record lectures in class so that way you don’t have to take as many notes. Just record the entire class, and you’ll feel less stressed about falling asleep in class.