After graduating from high school, going to college is liberating. You have a lot more freedom, especially if you're living on campus.
And unlike high school, you not only get to choose what classes you're taking but also when you're taking them. You can pick classes in the evening, in the middle of the day, or in the morning.
But if you've talked to just about any college student, ever, you've probably heard them talk about their "terrible 8 AM classes".
What's the deal with them, and should you take morning classes in college?
If you want the quick answer, here it is:
Morning classes are great for productive people who want to wake up early and get stuff done. Contrary to popular belief, early morning classes have a ton of benefits that are often overlooked. On the other hand, if you plan on partying a lot and hate getting up, morning classes aren't for you.
But like I said, morning classes aren't as bad as they seem. Before you roll your eyes, keep reading.
In this article, we're going to dive deep into the topic, and at the end, you'll know the 3 secrets to master your morning and get sh*t done in college!
Let's jump in:
Should I Take an 8 AM Class in College?
If you're anything like me, you're not a morning person, so hearing about an 8 AM class turns you off. But you also know that early risers get sh*t done, and that's what we're all about here at Club Early Bird.
Contrary to popular belief, there are actually some positives about 8 AM classes - stop rolling your eyes and keep reading.
First of all, 8 AM classes prepare you for the real world. If you don't take early classes, you'll probably sleep in until noon. It feels good in the moment but you usually end up feeling drowsy during the day and accomplish a lot less than an early riser.
Health Ambition found that early risers get better grades and tend to better maintain a good diet. There are a whole host of other benefits like increased productivity and better mental health as well.
When you wake up early, there's also more time to exercise, and you'll probably go to bed earlier too, which will improve your sleep.
And since most will opt for afternoon or evening classes, those who select 8 AM classes can pretty much choose their professor. Later classes will get filled up quickly, but there's almost always an opening early in the morning.
As you can see, there are a ton of benefits to 8 AM classes - so why do most people avoid them like the plague?
It all comes down to discipline. Unfortunately, a lot of college students are more concerned with partying and escaping their parents than actually learning anything.
When I was in college, I remember an army of girls getting hammered and going out on a Thursday night. Then, they'd come back a few hours later with their makeup smeared, high heels broken, crying about that guy Chad who was a huge ass hole.
Look Sara (without the h, for some reason), you knew Chad was going to do that. He did it last time, and he'll do it again next time.
And of course, I'd see them the next day in class, hungover in sweatpants and a cup of coffee, faceplanting in their textbook. Ahh, college girls…
If you don't care about classes that much and you're just going through the motions, don't take an 8 AM class. If you see yourself partying a lot, particularly on school nights, don't take an 8 AM class. If you detest waking up early, don't take an 8 AM class (unless you start using Early Bird - more on that later.)
But if you want to take on the day, get sh*t done and kick life's ass, you should definitely take 8 AM classes.
Are Morning Classes Better?
Sorry, but the answer is: it depends.
It depends on your work ethic. He who can master his morning can master his life - this is especially true in college.
When you get up early for class, it builds a healthy routine. You'll knock your classes out of the way early, leaving plenty of time for studying, fitness, working on a side hustle or at your job, and socializing.
You'll feel more productive, which will heighten your self-confidence and your self-worth. This is a snowball effect that compounds quickly.
So, if you're a go-getter - someone who wants to achieve greatness and get sh*t done - morning classes are better.
"But, random guy writing this blog post," (my name is Jacob, nice to meet you) "I know waking up early is important, but I suck at it!"
Fear not random person from Google, we have something that'll help you wake up early feeling great and ready to take action. Again, more on that later.
What is the Best Time to Take College Classes?
Alright, I'll stop advocating for 8 AM classes - because let's be honest, even early risers probably detest them.
So, what's the best time to take a college class?
A study conducted by researchers from the University of Nevada - Reno found that starting classes in the latter part of the morning, around 11 AM is ideal for students since it's when they're at their peak performance.
This time makes sense - I took most of my classes between 11 AM and 5 PM, which was an ideal time range for me to wake up early and work/study before class, workout in the evening, and see friends at night.
The nice thing about college is the freedom, so you can find the best time for your schedule.
How to Wake Up Early for Class Without Hating Your Life
Look, waking up early sucks, especially if it's for an 8 AM class that you hate.
But you know it's important to get up early, so you do it anyway. The thing is, it's hard to hear your alarm clock going off without feeling a bit irritated and drowsy - you know what I mean.
Luckily, you don't have to feel like crap every morning. Here at Club Early Bird, we've felt your pain. We wanted to wake up early and get sh*t done, without the crap feeling in the morning.
That's why we researched for years until we discovered the 3 secrets that unlocked the secret to a terrific early morning:
3 Keys to Master Your Morning
These three keys will help you wake up early feeling like a baller:1. Hydration - When you sleep, you lose approximately one pound of water just from breathing! That's why you often wake up feeling thirsty and groggy. Drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning is a great way to hydrate your body, and kickstart your day.
Drinking water is a good start, but giving your body electrolytes is the best way to nourish your body with 'supercharged hydration' when it needs it most. More on that in a bit.
Your brain goes into sleep mode overnight, and your muscles relax. That's why giving your body a fast-absorbing source of energy is crucial. Otherwise, you'll be stuck feeling groggy, sluggish, and tired.
But you don't just want a quick boost followed by a crash - the fast-absorbing energy also needs to be long-lasting, so you can get sh*t done all day without hitting a wall.3. Mood Enhancement - Your morning mood has been proven to affect the rest of your day - waking up hydrated and energized is excellent, but it won't help if you're pissed off and angry before you even get out of bed.
Drinking a morning cocktail with water and electrolytes for hydration, long-lasting energy that absorbs quickly, and mood enhancers, you'll finally be able to wake up early without wanting to hit the snooze button.
That's why we created Early Bird!
After a ton of trial and error, I've made a breakthrough discovery that makes it EASY to Wake Up Early and Get Sh*t Done (which is now the EarlyBird mantra).
Early Bird makes use of the perfect combo of 3 Nootropic Blends that gives your body energy, motivation, and everything else you need to have a kick-ass study session (and day).
The powerful blend of electrolytes hydrates you insanely fast - it's essentially supercharged water. Early Bird also has a ton of natural, clean energy ingredients from fruit and veggie extracts, which make the snooze button a thing of the past.
So yeah, you can spend many more months hating your mornings, or you can check out Early Bird by clicking here, wake up early, and get sh*t done.
How Long Are College Classes?
It depends on the frequency of weekly classes and how many credit hours you're receiving for the class.
Typically, a college class will be 50 minutes three times a week, an hour and 15 minutes twice a week, or 2 and a half to three hours, once a week. You're in class approximately 150 minutes a week, give or take.
But keep in mind, this does not include any other labs, homework, study sessions, etc. required outside of class, not to mention the time it takes to go to and from class.
Do College Classes End on Time?
If you're worried about classes being too close together (you might only have 10 minutes between classes that are across campus) I understand where you're coming from.
My college campus was medium-sized, around 250 acres. I had a few classes that were back-to-back, with only 10 minutes in between classes.
During my freshman year, I was worried I wouldn't be able to make it to my class on time, especially if the first one ran too long.
Luckily, most college classes (at least, this was the case at my school) end on time if not earlier. And in most cases, it's okay to walk out of class a tad bit early (or at any point) without saying a word to your teacher.
If you need to leave class 3-5 minutes early to catch your next class on time, it won't be an issue. Having a chat with your professor to clear things up will help as well.