Don't Be Late for Classes - Especially
on Test Days
You’ve got a math test at 9am… You
wake up at 7:15 and take 15 minutes to stretch at get
semi-alert… Get out of bed at 7:30… Hop in the shower… Dry
off… Get your nice, clean clothes out of drawers and the
closet like an organized person and get dressed… Hit the
kitchen for some good fuel to start your day… Relax for a
bit, checking your email or reading the newspaper while you
eat… Grab your backpack (which you packed up the night
before, making sure to have your calculator and other
supplies needed for your test)… Leave for school at 8:15
which gives you some buffer time for possibly traffic and
finding a parking space at school… Sing along to your
favorite CD during the drive… Get to class at 8:50 so you
have 10 minutes to get your stuff out and settle down for
the test. Nice and relaxed.
You’ve got a math test at 9am… You
wake up at 8:15 – Oh, #%@&!! You didn’t hear your alarm and
overslept! You jump of bed with your head pounding and
feeling dizzy… Staggering around your room, you try to find some
not-too-dirty clothes to wear out of one of the piles on
your floor… Finally, you throw on some sweats… Grab your
backpack and shove some random school-looking stuff in it
and run out the door… Now, you’re stuck in traffic and the
time before your test is fading fast… You get yourself into
more of a frenzy by yelling at all the other cars on the
road who are impeding your progress… Finally, you get to
school and it’s 8:57!! NO PARKING!! In a panic, you drive
around and drive around… Finally, a parking spot! You do
one of those run-walk things across campus and get to your
class LATE. The room is quiet and everyone is already
working on their tests. The teacher gives you one of those
“looks.” You quickly look around the room to find an empty
seat. Of course, you’ve forgotten your calculator. Your
heart is pounding, the adrenaline is pumping and now you
expect to be able to think about math?
||So, which one of these
sounds familiar to you? Both are very familiar to me. For
a long time, I was always running late in the mornings and
then trying to get to school in a panic. It is a terrible
way to start the day! This lifestyle pecked away at my
self-esteem and stifled my success. I ended up withdrawing
from more than one of my morning classes during those
years. When I decided to go back to school and turn myself
into a super-student, I started making myself get to classes
being on time to class:
- Go to bed at a decent time the
night before. You usually oversleep when you haven’t
gotten enough sleep that night.
- Plan what you are going to wear the
night before and make sure it’s clean.
- Get your school stuff and backpack
ready the night before.
- Don’t rely on a plug-in alarm
clock! Get a battery clock AND use a wake-up service.
MyCalls.net will call you every morning for about 5 bucks a
month. If you live with other people who don’t want to be
disturbed, give them your cell number. I find that I can
sleep through two atomic alarm clocks, but, if the phone
rings, I always wake up.
For all classes:
- Allow enough time for possible
- Allow enough time to find parking.
- Don’t over schedule yourself! This is
a tough one for students since you usually have a part-time
job too. If you get off work at 1:30pm, don’t sign up for a
2:00pm class if school is a half hour away from where you
work… not even if it’s 20 minutes away. Always make sure
you have some buffer time in your schedule.