5 Ways to Stop Being Late to All of Your Classes


Do you constantly find yourself arriving late for all of your college courses? If this is a problem you tend to have, check out this blog post for tips on how to handle it.

Getting to Class on Time

One of the best parts of attending college is the freedom. Nobody can make you go to class if you don't want to. But, let's be honest, sometimes it's hard to be responsible enough to be on time for lectures when there aren't any consequences for being late. So how do you stop being so late to all of your classes?

1. Go to Sleep Earlier

If the reason why you're constantly late for class is because you find it difficult to get yourself out of bed in the morning, you might not be getting enough sleep. And, hey, we get it. When you wake up after a mere four hours of sleep, it's nearly impossible to muster the willpower to crawl out of your warm bed.

But, thankfully, there's one obvious solution: get more sleep! We know, it's not the easiest thing to decline party invitations or leave social events in order to get to bed a bit earlier, but it'll be worth it when you discover what it feels like, for once, to be well rested. You'll be a new you. Sleep deprivation can lead to issues with mood, memory, and concentration, so your grades might go up just by going to sleep earlier. Further, getting more sleep can improve your physical health, including your immune system and blood pressure.

Try an Unconventional Sleep Approach

Another possible option for college students who have trouble waking up for class but insist that they don't have the time to sleep more (we know you're out there!) is to try an unconventional sleep approach. One option is the biphasic sleep cycle, which consists of 5-6 hours of sleep at night with a midday nap 1-2 hours in length.

There are also different polyphasic sleep options. One, often referred to as the ''Everyman Cycle,'' is comprised of 3.5 hours of sleep followed by three 20-minute naps throughout the day. Or you can try the even more extreme Dymaxion cycle, which consists of four 30-minute naps throughout the day. It may sound crazy, but some people swear by these unusual sleeping habits, and they're certainly easier to pull off for somebody living the college lifestyle.

And waking up earlier can be helpful even if you don't have morning classes. You can use the morning to take care of responsibilities that might make you late for afternoon or evening classes, like printing papers or completing last-minute assignments.

A college student struggling to wake up for class

2. Make Your Morning Worth Waking Up For

If you have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning despite how much sleep you did or did not get, you might want to refresh your morning routine. If you add a few little pleasures to your routine, things that you enjoy, you'll look forward to getting up and starting your day. And there's the added benefit of being able to slip in the habit of getting to class on time.

For example, you can create a new morning routine that involves a short meditation or some stretches, a cup of flavorful coffee or tea, and a delicious breakfast. Especially the breakfast part. If you're anything like us, nothing will motivate you as much as food.

3. Use the Buddy System

Having support in your attempts at self-improvement is always better than going it alone, and the goal of getting to class on time is no different. For that reason, we recommend enlisting the help of a friend to improve your penchant for lateness. Ask your friend to call you in the mornings or come by your room to make sure you're awake. Even better, if you have a friend in your classes, plan to walk to the lecture together. Or you can eat lunch or dinner together before class so that you're with somebody who shares your conviction to get to class on time instead of friends who might have the entire night free to chat.

This last approach can help to keep you accountable when it comes to arriving at lectures on time, because sometimes letting down your buddy is even more disappointing than letting down your self. That's right, we just got deep.

Two college students go to class together

5. Lie to Yourself

If none of these other options work for you, here's a last resort: trick yourself. Turn back your watch so that it'll give you the impression that it's 20-30 minutes later than it actually is. That way, you won't have to change any of your other habits while still improving your tendency to be tardy. This way, you'll think you're running late for class only to show up and find that all of the seats are open and you're actually early. What a pleasant surprise!

By using this approach, you'll discover all of the joys of being timely with none of the effort. All it takes is a little self-deception.

A college student checking her watch

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By Daisy Rogozinsky
January 2019
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