Early morning classes were nearly the death of me my second semester of college. I had an 8 AM Biology class on Tuesdays and Thursdays and it was always so hard to get up in the morning no matter how early I went to bed. Luckily, about a month into the semester I figured out a few ways to get me up and out of bed, and by the end of the semester, I was nearly leaping out of bed for my early morning classes! Here are a few tips for those of you who aren’t exactly morning people to help you survive those early mornings.
Lay Out Everything You Need The Night Before
It’ll make it so much easier to get up in the morning knowing all you have to do is get dressed and go. Try and lay out everything you need for the next morning so it’s all there and in easy reach for when you have to leave. Organize your backpack and make sure all homework you need to turn in is done and filed away in a folder. The worst thing you can do is forget your homework or something important. It’s also a good idea to lay out your clothes for the night before so you don’t spend 15-20 minutes just picking out an outfit. Make your decision the night before so you can spend more time sleeping in and less time worrying about getting your supplies together.
Set Multiple Alarms
If you’re someone who is known to sleep through your classes, set multiple alarms a few minutes apart. It’ll make it easier for you to wake up and get moving so you can start getting ready for the day. Another tip I have is to set your alarm far away from you. One of my suitemates used to turn her alarms off in her sleep because she kept her phone next to her and she slept through nearly all of her classes! Setting your alarm away from you will make you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Although your roommate might not appreciate how long it takes you to turn it off, you won’t miss your class!
Listen to Some Upbeat Music
Plug those headphones in and listen to some positive music when you get up. It will totally energize and wake up that brain of yours. Low energy music can be comforting to listen to, but it can make you want to climb back into bed. When I get up or while I’m walking to class, I plug my headphones in and play my current favorite upbeat song, and I turn up the volume! It usually wakes me up pretty quickly, and who doesn’t love an early morning jam session?
Wear Something Comfortable, Don’t Worry About Appearance
When taking early morning classes, forget about your appearance. I can’t tell you how many times I just rolled out of bed, pulled on a pair of leggings and a t-shirt and just walked out the door. You’re going to class to get the information and take notes, so who cares about what you look like! Plus, not having to worry about makeup gives you more time to sleep in! Wearing something comfortable also made going to early morning classes so much easier. My outfits mainly consisted of leggings and oversized sweatshirts and I couldn’t have been happier with my choices. I was warm and I was relaxed. I didn’t feel constricted or uneasy, which made focusing on what the professor was teaching that much easier.
The best way to gain energy for that early morning class is to eat breakfast. Whether you have time to go to the dining hall or just to eat a granola bar, eating something is better than nothing. I would always go down to the dining hall at around 7:30 and grab a cup of coffee and a few pastries. I felt so much better and stayed alert and awake for my entire class instead of focusing on my growling stomach.
Sit Near the Front
You don’t want to be falling asleep in the middle of class, and the easiest place to do that is if you sit in the back. Sitting in the front helps you stay more awake because your professor should be standing just a few feet from you. You’ll be able to hear them more clearly and see what they’re doing. Plus, the idea of falling asleep in the front of the class is embarrassing! The fear of that embarrassment should also motivate you to stay awake and to stay focused.
Enjoy the Rest Of Your Day
After your morning class is over with, enjoy the rest of the day! When I had morning classes it was always nice to have them out of the way so I had the rest of the day to do whatever, and those days were usually my most productive. I was able to conquer homework, study, and have some fun! Don’t let early morning classes destroy you, love them for what they are, and perhaps by next semester you’ll be missing them!
What early morning classes will you have to take this semester or have taken? Leave a comment below!
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