Survival Guide to Early Morning Classes

By on October 14th, 2021


Occasionally, 8am classes manage to find their way into our schedules, even if we try to avoid them. While some (possibly crazy) students love their early starts most are averse. Still, you’ll probably end up with one sooner or later, especially during your first year of university.

So, here are a few tips and tricks that make early classes a little less painful.

Listen to upbeat music

There is nothing better than waking up and listening to your favourite song to get you ready for the day, so why not create an upbeat, invigorating playlist to listen to on your way to class? Music can boost your mood and wake up your brain cells. A great way to start your morning.

Prepare the night before

You will thank yourself the next day if your bag, clothes and work have already been set-out /packed the night before. This will not only allow you a bit of extra time in bed but it also prevents you from rushing around and getting stressed first thing in the morning.

Make your bed

If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to take on another task, and another, and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.

Eat a good breakfast

Whether you make it yourself or buy it somewhere on campus, make sure you get that daily energy boost in. And vary your breakfasts, so you have something tasty to look forward to when you get up.

Create a morning routine

Try creating a morning routine that makes you feel good and energised for the day. This could mean giving yourself enough time to watch your favourite show, do a workout or indulge in a skincare routine. Trust me, it will stop you from waking up on the wrong side of the bed.

Shower in the morning

Instead of showering the night before, shower in the morning. This will definitely wake you up and have you feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the day ahead!

Create a good sleep environment

Getting a good night’s sleep is an essential step in surviving the morning classes. One of the best ways to ensure you sleep well is to create a good sleep environment for yourself. Make sure your room is dark and comfortable, and perhaps buy some earplugs, to dampen any outside noise. It’s also worth investing in a weighted blanket.

Say no to coffee

Hold off on the coffee first thing in the morning. Water is your new best friend. It kick-starts your body functions, helping you to feel energised and replenished ready for a great day.
Switch off your devices!

Less Phone Time

To be brutally honest, this one is really tough to pull off – especially if you use your phone to study, first thing. We live in a world where it’s imperative to stay connected at all times. But this tendency to always be connected leads to staying up late and as a result, waking up late the next morning. So, turn off your phone, switch off your TV and shut your laptop.


Try not to think negatively about your early class. It’s all part of your journey to better yourself and start your career after university. Go after it, get up and seize your day!

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