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Time to stop snoozing

by Erin Martin

It is the answer to an age-old question: does the early bird get the worm?

In studies from Health Ambition, early classes directly correlate to better grades for students. They also note the benefits to your mental and physical health, along with your productivity.

University Language Services also notes the smaller and intimate setting of morning classes enhance students’ ability to reach a higher GPA and become better prepared for class.

Now for others who cringe at the thought of being up before the sun, it may be time to make a change. While some researchers offer the thought that the night-owl is very productive, you can’t help to mention the risk of oversleeping. Students who stay up late to complete homework or a project are easily more at risk to oversleep when the blaring alarm beeps in the morning.

Harvard Business Review defends the morning people with a survey taken by biologist Christoph Randler. He
asked 367 university students what time of day they felt the most energetic and how flexible they would be to take action to change a situation to their advantage.

“People whose performance peaks in the morning are better positioned for career success, because they’re more proactive than people who are at their best in the evening,” Randler said.

Even though you may hate seeing your alarm clock, books and professor before lunch, it’s necessary for better grades and a better future. Attending early classes (think 8 or 9 a.m.) gives you the rest of the day to be productive.

Later classes seem like a good idea, until you realize you have wasted half of your day in bed pressing the snooze button.

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